Two Templeton residents suspected of burglaries in the North County were arrested Friday afternoon at Walmart in Paso Robles.
Ricky Andrew Soto, 22, and Tasha Rose Gambel, 23, were taken into custody at the store’s parking lot about 2 p.m.
Soto and Gambel were arrested after a Sheriff’s Office deputy received a tip from Walmart security agents that the man and women were suspected of committing numerous North County heists, including at Walmart.
A California Highway Patrol drug-sniffing dog assisted in the investigation after sheriff’s deputies smelled marijuana in Soto’s car. A tin containing black heroin and drug paraphernalia were found in the car.
Soto was arrested on suspicion of drug possession, possession of stolen property, and possession of burglary tools and remains in San Luis Obispo County Jail on $25,000 bail.
Gambel was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of burglary tools; she was released on $2,000 bail.