SHANDON — After a string of break-ins, vandalism, and burglaries, two juvenile males from Colorado were apprehended on Feb. 28 in Salinas, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office reported. The pair of young men reportedly stole $500 and caused approximately $1,200 in damages to local businesses.
San Luis Obispo Sheriff's deputies were first dispatched on Feb. 20 to a vandalism report in the 19000 block of Highway 46 East in Shandon.
When deputies arrived at the Mission Trail Cider House they discovered several windows had been shattered with what appeared to be pellets from a BB gun. At that time, the owner of the business revealed to deputies that approximately $400 had been stolen from the cash register. Damage to the windows was estimated at approximately $1,200.
Surveillance video showed two male juveniles the night before breaking into the business and then taking money from the cash register. A short time later, a business next door, the Jack Ranch Café, also reported a theft of approximately $100.
On Feb. 26, the Sheriff's Office contacted the King City Police Department regarding similar burglaries which had occurred in that city. A 13-year-old and a 16-year-old who matched the description of the two juvenile suspects in the Shandon case had just been arrested in Salinas.
Sheriff's Deputies traveled to the Monterey County Juvenile Hall where they interviewed the two suspects. The two admitted their involvement in the burglaries. Investigators determined the two juveniles had reportedly stolen a car in Colorado and were making their way West committing burglaries in cities along the way.
Deputies plan to file charges of burglary and felony vandalism with the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office. The cases in Monterey County will be adjudicated first before facing charges in San Luis Obispo County.