Suspect in six SLO County burglaries arrested at Honolulu airport

Tyrone Brennen, 30, of Antioch, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, on suspicion of commercial burglary, vandalism and possessing stolen property.
Tyrone Brennen, 30, of Antioch, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, on suspicion of commercial burglary, vandalism and possessing stolen property.

Authorities identified a man wanted in connection with six commercial burglaries in San Luis Obispo County last month in time for local authorities to detain him as he got off an airplane in Honolulu.

A multiagency effort that spanned several counties in two states led to the arrest of 30-year-old Tyrone Brennen on Dec. 31 as his plane touched down in Hawaii’s capital to “lay low,” San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said Friday. Brennen is from the East San Francisco Bay Area city of Antioch, authorities said.

Brennen is suspected of committing six burglaries in Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay and unincorporated parts of the county between Dec. 15 and Dec. 30, as well as at least eight burglaries in El Dorado, Placer and Nevada counties in the four weeks before.

Cipolla said local businesses burglarized include the Main Street Grill in Cambria and Avila Grocery in Avila Beach.

According to Sheriff’s Office investigators, Brennen had a specific method of operation: Entering a business after removing a window, finding an ATM inside the building and cutting into it with an angle grinder.

Investigators do not yet have a total amount stolen from the businesses, but Cipolla said Brennen was able to score about $25,000 in one location alone.

Following the local burglaries, county law enforcement agencies began working with officials in Northern California and identified Brennen through DNA evidence and surveillance footage showing Brennen’s face and distinctive glasses, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“Once we had that, we knew we had our man,” Cipolla said.

Investigators from the different locations were able to track Brennen to the flight to Honolulu and coordinated with the Honolulu Police Department to detain him as he got off the plane Dec. 31.

Because the most recent burglaries occurred in San Luis Obispo County, a sheriff’s detective and a District Attorney’s Office investigator flew to the island state Jan. 5 and took him into custody for extradition to San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he was booked on 13 felony and misdemeanor counts of burglary, vandalism and receiving or possessing stolen property.

Records for how much the county paid to send the investigators to Honolulu were not immediately available Friday, but Cipolla said both officers stayed one night in a hotel after arriving in the late afternoon and flew back with Brennen the next day.

As of Friday, Brennen remained in local custody in lieu of $40,000 bail. His attorney, Raymond Allen, said it was too early in the judicial process to provide a specific comment.

“We have a legal process that affords Mr. Brennen the presumption of innocence, and there’s a lot to ferret out before we should jump to any conclusions,” Allen said.

Brennen is due in San Luis Obispo Superior Court for a pretrial hearing Jan. 21.

Matt Fountain: 805-781-7909, @MattFountain1