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Burglaries and bungles 

It was a busy week for the sheriff's department, as a rash of crimes swept through the county, resulting in two arrests and one escape.

On Dec. 8, according to a press release, 20-year-old Felipe Alonzo Sanchez was attempting to burglarize the 10th Street Grill in Los Osos. However, an alarm sent him running to another business nearby, where deputies in response saw Sanchez exiting a window. After a brief foot chase he was caught and arrested on multiple charges. Deputies say he may have burgled two other businesses in the area before being caught. The thefts apparently took place while Sanchez was on his way home, which happens to be right next door to the Sheriff's Sub Station in Los Osos.

On Dec. 12, 21-year-old Jedidiah James Williams of Cambria allegedly forced his way into the home of Dale Struve of Creston. After breaking a window in the back door, Williams made his way to the laundry room, though Struve said he managed to keep him out of the main part of the house by holding a door and shouting, "I've got my gun. I don't want to use it, but if you come in, I'll shoot!" According to Struve, Williams was uttering "all kinds of crazy talk," and demanded Struve's car. Struve refused, finally forcing Williams out of the house. Williams eventually left on foot. Sheriff's deputies found him walking along Highway 41, about a quarter mile from the Struve residence. He was charged with burglary, attempted carjacking, and having two outstanding bench warrants.

"I don't hold anything against him," said Struve. "I'm just happy I didn't have to shoot him."

Also on Dec. 12, an unidentified man robbed the Santa Margarita Plaza Liquor Store in Santa Margarita. According to a report, he showed a black handgun to the clerk, demanded money, and then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a small, silver sedan. He is described as being Caucasian with short, blond, possibly balding hair; 40 to 50 years old, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall, and 175 to 200 lbs. If you have any information, call the sheriff's department.



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