Cameron Hadighi, whose mugshots are pictured above, has been arrested over and over for auto burglary in recent years.


Cameron Hadighi, whose mugshots are pictured above, has been arrested over and over for auto burglary in recent years.

Prolific Auto Burglar’ Back on the Streets

Gang Member Cameron Hadighi Released Early After Serving Short Jail Sentence

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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A Santa Barbara gang member whom police call a “prolific auto burglar” is back on the streets after being released early from the overcrowded County Jail on December 20. Cameron Hadighi, 25, served a portion of his 120-day sentence for vehicle tampering and prowling. He had pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges.

Hadighi’s most recent arrest on October 30 was the latest in a long string of run-ins with the Santa Barbara Police Department, which has played cat and mouse with the repeat offender during the last few years. During the incident, a man working at an upper State Street business saw Hadighi open the unlocked driver’s door of his truck and start to go inside. The man confronted Hadighi, who fled the scene. Officers soon located Hadighi running across nearby rooftops and arrested him. He was on probation at the time.

On April 28, 2012, Hadighi was arrested for felony burglary and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Police said he had smashed the windows of two cars parked on Helena Avenue and stolen a wine opener and pocket change. When officers responded to calls of a man with blood on his hands along nearby Yanonali Street, they contacted and detained Hadighi. As paramedics tended to a cut on his hand, he tried to run away but was quickly subdued. After he was placed in the back of a police cruiser, he spit at an officer and kicked out a rear window.

Hadighi was sentenced to two years in state prison in that case. He served less than a year in County Jail due to the state’s new incarceration guidelines and was ordered into a one-year residential treatment program.

The April 2012 arrest came three months after he was convicted of four felonies — two counts of second degree auto burglary, one count of receiving stolen property, and one count of attempted vehicle theft — in a January 2012 case. Detectives with SBPD’s property-crimes unit had received a call from a theft victim who said he was using GPS software to track his stolen iPad. The detectives traced the device to Hadighi’s residence; he admitted to stealing it and possessed a number of other stolen items. Further investigation revealed Hadighi was responsible for five recent auto burglaries, and he is suspected of committing as many as 40 more during a two-month span last year.


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Running along rooftops, indeed. I imagine this swashbuckler will screw up again and be back in custody pretty soon...if he doesn't fall off a roof and kill himself while trying to get away.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
December 31, 2013 at 4:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The "system" can no longer protect us from criminals, yet many in that same system clamor for gun control.

Interesting to see how criminals may soon run our society.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 31, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

your "clamor for gun control" makes little sense in this context, BC, though you can bring it up all you like. "may soon run our society"? How about right now, Bill!

DrDan (anonymous profile)
December 31, 2013 at 7:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How about right now, Bill!

Better late than never!!!

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
January 1, 2014 at 1:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We could only hope he falls off a rooftop and impales himself. Then erect a statue of same "Prolific auto bugler" with the words "KARMA"…….

Priceless (anonymous profile)
January 1, 2014 at 8:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Back in Iran, they would cut off a finger to get his attention.

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
January 1, 2014 at 9:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We'll keep an eye out for this lowllife scumbag beans-for-brains criminal. He'll be back in the pokey soon enough. Hopefully, for a long time.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
January 1, 2014 at 5:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

billclausen, during the October Federal Government Furlough (Government Shut-Down / Break-Down), the local papers called Congress and the President Terrorists for keeping our Country in Fiscal Limbo. According to Websters Dictionary, a Terrorist is "The use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal or the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion". So in a very real sense our Country is already being run by Criminals....

dou4now (anonymous profile)
January 2, 2014 at 6:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)


They do run our society as we speak and manipulate our perception of reality - the medium is the message, as they line their pockets and those of their crony's. Their ideology is me, myself and I and the are so adept at whoring our emotions for votes.

One crony billionaire passed 500M tax free using this and the basic farmer gets killed with inhieritance tax.

Bet DiFi and family has a GRAT.

great article on gun control, some Liberals get it, but mostly remain in the closet.

"More regulations on lawful gun owners "are overprescribed political placebos that fail to cure ... the root causes of violence," the gun club said in a position statement. Instead of "window-dressing 'solutions' like so-called 'assault weapons' bans and magazine capacity restrictions," the group argued, government should back "mitigation for violence prevention: stronger mental health care, addressing poverty, homelessness and unemployment."

The group also views monetary disincentives to gun ownership, such as ammunition taxes, as "class barriers" blocking the poor from exercising their constitutional rights."

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
January 2, 2014 at 10:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This guy just needs to be taken out of the equation by whatever means necessary.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
January 2, 2014 at 10:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hide all valuables people.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
January 2, 2014 at 2:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

wow. totally sad. He looks so troubled and in so much pain in the middle picture. This guy is on a bad path obviously. I feel so sorry for his mother.
Praying that he will be rehabilitated but until then, he needs intense therapy with intense supervision. He will strike again. Not a well guy. Praying for your healing

girlslocker (anonymous profile)
January 2, 2014 at 9:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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