Six people were arrested in Lompoc on Wednesday in connection to a string of "smash and grab" burglaries that have occurred in the city since July, according to Lompoc Police Department Sgt. Agustin Arias.
Arias said 15 reported burglaries have occurred throughout the city over the past three months.
Police served a search warrant for two apartments located in the 500 block of North G Street early Wednesday morning, searching for evidence related to the burglaries, according to Arias.
The search warrants were based on information officials received in the course of the investigation.
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As many as 21 people were initially detained in the two apartments, including two individuals who were sitting inside an alleged stolen vehicle in the parking lot, but only six were arrested, Arias said.
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The six in custody, who were not identified, are wanted for various offenses unrelated to the burglaries, including outstanding warrants, and could be charged with additional crimes if police can prove they are involved with the burglaries.
The individuals who were released were found to have nothing to do with the alleged burglaries at this point, Arias said, adding that he received assistance from the Santa Maria Police Department in the investigation.
The alleged stolen vehicle is a Honda Civic reportedly out of Santa Maria and painted a different color from its original. The car was returned to its owner, Arias said, although further charges could include theft of the car.
In addition to the string of burglaries in Lompoc since July, the Lompoc Police Department is investigating at least 180 vehicle thefts in the city.
"It's the worst I've ever seen in 20 years," Arias said.