Four teens were arrested late Tuesday for felony vandalism and the burglary of over a dozen vehicles at the Venoco Pier parking lot in Carpinteria.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the site at 12:13 a.m. Tuesday, where they found up to 14 vehicles with smashed windshields, hoods, and roofs. The vandals used rocks, full beer cans, and a solid metal chain to do an estimated $15,000-$30,000 in damage. The cars appear to have been burglarized as well.
By Wednesday morning, the Sheriff’s office had identified and arrested all four suspects: two minors and two 19-year-old suspects, Logan Michael Fraley and Robert Jameson Thornton. Fraley and Thornton are booked at the County Jail for three separate felony counts of burglary, vandalism, and receiving stolen property. Once the investigation is completed, all four suspects may be charged for each damaged vehicle, which would result in multiple criminal counts.
Although some of the stolen items have been recovered, detectives are looking for more. If you or someone you know may have been a victim, call the Sheriff’s department at (805) 684-4561.