Security Guard Arrested for Stealing Memorabilia
Orcutt - June 16th, 2012
A security guard working an overnight assignment at Lakeview Jr. High School in Orcutt is in the Santa Barbara County Jail for stealing items from a case containing Robin Ventura baseball memorabilia.
At approximately 12:11am on Thursday, June 14, 2012, Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm in the school’s gymnasium on the 3700 block of Lakeview Road.
While searching the building, they discovered that someone had broken in a display case and removed several items of baseball memorabilia that had been signed by retired major league baseball player and current Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura.
It was not clear how many items had been taken from the case, but several of the items had been placed in a trash can next to the display case.
While searching the school grounds, deputies were approached by a man in a security guard uniform. The man had apparently been assigned by his employer Overland Security Services to guard the school grounds overnight prior to Thursday’s outdoor 8th grade graduation ceremony.
When asked for identification, the man walked with the deputies to his car, and as he was bending over to get his I.D. inside the vehicle, deputies observed a baseball in the man’s jacket pocket. Upon closer inspection, the baseball featured an autograph by Robin Ventura. Further investigation revealed a piece of the broken display case lock in the man’s front pocket.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Cameron James Taylor (DOB 4/1/91) of Santa Maria and booked him into the Santa Barbara County Jail on $20,000 for felony burglary (459 PC) and petty theft (488 PC).
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