press release - 08091301

Zachary Hamlin, 33


Zachary Hamlin, 33



Amy Northcote, 39


Amy Northcote, 39

Couple Connected to Recent Honda Burglaries Arrested

Carpinteria - August 8th, 2013

An Arroyo Grande couple suspected of committing a large amount of auto and mail theft burglaries during a crime spree that stretched from Pismo Beach to Carpinteria is arrested and behind bars.   Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 33 year old Zachary Hamlin and his girlfriend, 39 year old Amy Northcote yesterday, August 8th following a citizen tip and traffic stop. In addition to methamphetamine and cash found in the vehicle, deputies found a large amount of stolen property connected to recent Honda Accord and Honda Civic auto burglaries in Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Barbara and IslaVista.

At around 11 a.m. in the 5500 block of Carpinteria Avenue, Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for committing a traffic code violation. During the traffic stop, a deputy observed that the vehicle and the description of the two occupants inside, matched the description of the suspects and vehicle reported by a citizen to be involved in mail theft.  When deputies made contact with the two occupants, they found that Hamlin was on active probation in San Luis Obispo County for theft related charges and that Northcote was wanted by the Pismo Beach Police Department for similar charges.

Sheriff’s Deputies searched the car and discovered a large amount of stolen property, identity theft materials, narcotics and U.S. currency. Some of the items included GPS units, i-Phones, credit cards, electronic devices, cell phones, checks, I.D. cards, purses and clothing.  A large amount of stolen mail from residents in Montecito, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County was also located in the vehicle. Deputies also found more than one half of an ounce of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $1,000 along with drug paraphernalia. There were also tools used to break into Hondas and other vehicles strewn about the car and collected as evidence.

Hamlin and Northcote were both booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for violations of 11378 H&S – Transportation of methamphetamine, 496(a) P.C. – Possession of stolen property, 529 P.C. – False personation of another, 530.5 P.C. – Identity Theft, Title 18 USC – Mail theft, 11364.1 H&S – Possession of drug paraphernalia, 466 P.C. – Possession of burglary tools and 472 P.C. – Possession of false government seals. Bail is set at $500,000 dollars each.

The investigation is on-going and additional charges for the suspects will be filed with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office in the near future. Residents who may have been the victim of a recent auto burglary, specifically from a Honda Accord or Honda Civic, are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency as their property may have been recovered.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office reminds vehicle owners to garage their cars if possible and to utilize anti-theft devices such as alarms and steering wheel locks. Citizens should also lock their vehicle doors/windows, keep their valuables out of plain view and remove mail from the mail box on a daily basis.  Also, if you see suspicious activity, please contact law enforcement immediately. 

The City of Carpinteria contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for police services.

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