Two Paso Robles teens arrested in connection with liquor store, restaurant burglaries

Larry Harvey
Larry Harvey

Two Paso Robles residents who had an allegedly stolen cash register in their vehicle were arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of commercial burglary, police said Thursday.

Larry Harvey, 19, of Paso Robles was charged with commercial burglary and a probation violation and booked in County Jail. A 17-year-old male, also from Paso Robles, was arrested on the same charges and was booked at the County Juvenile Services Center. The younger boy's name wasn't disclosed because he's a minor.

Both suspects remain in custody, police said. Harvey is being held on a $20,000 bond, according to the jail.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's and Atascadero Police departments conducted the investigation into the suspects through a cooperative effort.

It began when an attempted burglary at Margarita Plaza Liquor in Santa Margarita was reported at about 12:27 a.m. Wednesday.

Two males allegedly smashed in a front window of store, according to the Sheriff's Department, and fled.

About a half-hour later, the Atascadero Police Department received a radio broadcast by the Sheriff's Department saying the suspects were spotted traveling north on the Highway 101 on-ramp at Santa Rosa Road in Atascadero.

Sheriff's deputies stopped the vehicle, described as a small blue four-door Honda Accord. Atascadero police then arrived to assist.

Authorities determined that two of the vehicle's occupants were responsible for the attempted burglary in Santa Margarita, police said. A third occupant in the vehicle was interviewed and released. The investigation into the third occupant's involvement is still open.

The cash register in the vehicle was from Garcia's Restaurant on El Camino Real in Atascadero.

Atascadero police verified that there was a burglary at the restaurant, police said, and that its cash register was stolen. Garcia's Restaurant is less than 500 feet from where the deputies spotted the vehicle. Police have not yet said whether Garcia's was burglarized before or after the attempted burglary of the liquor store.

The suspects allegedly entered the restaurant by forcing the front door open, police said.

Prior conviction

Harvey was also arrested in March, after police found him in possession of stolen property that linked him to a number of residential burglaries. He was booked into County Jail at the time on suspicion of first-degree burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and possession of a dangerous weapon.

Harvey pleaded guilty in March to first-degree residential burglary in San Luis Obispo Superior Court, according to court records, and the remaining charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to 180 days in County Jail, three years' probation, 80 hours of community service, and ordered to pay an undisclosed amount of restitution and to submit to a search of his possessions, accordingto court records.

He was released on June 9, according to jail records.

Inmates can be released early for time served at sentencing, good behavior and overcrowding. Further specifics in Harvey’s case have not been released.

-Tonya Strickland