Two Santa Maria-area transients were arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly stealing a chainsaw from an Orcutt home.

Daniel Brown, 30, and 28-year-old Deanna Trott were arrested by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime. Brown had been on Post Release Community Supervision for a theft-related offense, domestic violence and other miscellaneous offenses, and Trott had a warrant for her arrest for a probation violation.

It was just before 2 p.m. Wednesday when the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a resident who reported that suspects entered his garage in the 500 block of Dale Way in Orcutt and stole a chainsaw.

The victim had been working in his garage, on his chainsaw, with his garage door open. He reportedly stepped inside his house and when he returned to his garage a few minutes later, he discovered his chainsaw was missing. The victim walked out of his garage and contacted a neighbor who told him he saw subjects walking in the neighborhood, one of whom was carrying a chainsaw.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area and began searching the neighborhood. The suspects were described as a male dressed in black and a female with red hair. After about 30 minutes of searching the area, a deputy observed two subjects walking near David Road and Comanche Avenue, one of which had a chainsaw bar sticking out of his backpack.

The suspects attempted to hide on the property of a nearby residence on Comanche Avenue, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, but deputies quickly located them, along with the stolen chainsaw, and took them into custody.

The suspects were booked into the Lompoc Police Department Jail.

This report was prepared by Willis Jacobson. He can be reached at