String of Auto Burglaries in Cliff Drive Area on September 7

Police Say They Arrested Culprit While He Was Breaking into Fifth Vehicle of the Night

Police say that they stopped a man who was allegedly committing serial vehicle burglaries around Cliff Drive on September 7. According to police reports, officers arrived at the scene of an auto burglary near the intersection of Cooper Road and Cliff Drive. A witness gave a description of the person who broke into the vehicle and, with that, officers soon after apprehended Christopher Manson, 19, about a block away. The report of the incident noted that Manson was breaking into another car as officers found him.

In all, police are crediting three more vehicle burglaries that happened in the area. Among the items stolen were iPods, a Sirius satellite radio player and other electronic equipment.

Manson was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of burglary, vehicle tampering, and attempted petty theft.

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