Suspects in Templeton burglary return stolen items, are arrested anyway

Maria Michele Romo, 40
Maria Michele Romo, 40

Three suspected burglars apparently dreading a dose of bad karma returned some of the $60,000 worth of coins, jewelry and gold they allegedly stole from a Templeton home, only to be arrested by sheriff's deputies.

On Sept. 24, deputies responded to a report of a burglary at a home on the 1000 block of Hemingway Lane, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office. The homeowner said the burglary had happened while he was away the previous day.

The alleged victim told officers that after he returned home, two of the suspects appeared, described what they had done and returned some of the items.

The next day, a third person returned more items.

Using surveillance footage from the home, investigators were able to identify Maria Michele Romo, 40; Carissa Ann Livingston, 27, of Creston; and Alichia Renee Starnes, 35, of San Luis Obispo as the suspects.

Romo was arrested on suspicion of burglary and grand theft; Livingston on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance; and Starnes on suspicion of receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A fourth suspect, identified as Josh Michael Bishop, 25, of Templeton, is still being sought by police.

The Sheriff's Office did not say how much of the stolen property was recovered.

As of Friday evening, only Starnes remained in custody at County Jail.