Three Lompoc residents were arrested Saturday on suspicion of burglarizing a home in the city of Solvang.
Juan Jose Rodriguez, 36, Daniel Vargas, 35, and Francisco Omar Lozano, 35, were each booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on a range of charges.
They were arrested after reportedly fleeing the scene of a home burglary together, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began around 12:53 p.m. Saturday when sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence in the 300 block of Second Street in Solvang.
A witness reportedly observed two male suspects leave her neighbor’s home carrying property. The men were then witnessed getting into a car that was being driven by another man, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“Shortly after the initial call for service, deputies observed the vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 246 and conducted a traffic stop with the vehicle,” read a portion of a release sent out by the Sheriff’s Office.
“Located inside of the vehicle were three male occupants who were in possession of burglary tools (lock picks, glass cutter, mask, and putty knife), a stolen shotgun from the victim’s residence, and other suspected stolen property.”
Rodriguez was identified as the driver of the vehicle. He was found in possession of illegal narcotics and driving a vehicle without a license, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Vargas was identified as the front passenger, and the Sheriff's Office claims he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug-smoking paraphernalia.
Lozano, the rear passenger, was found to have an active felony “no bail” warrant and a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest, the Sheriff's Office reported.
Lozano also lied about his identity, according to sheriff’s deputies, and was additionally charged with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
All of the men were allegedly identified by the witness and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Lozano was booked on suspicion of residential burglary, conspiracy, possession of burglary tools, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, providing false information to a peace officer and two active warrants.
Rodriguez was booked on suspicion of residential burglary, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and driving while unlicensed.
Vargas was booked on suspicion of residential burglary, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The city of Solvang contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.