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Update: Burglary suspect arrested in Paso Robles identified 

Update posted March 8:

– The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is identifying the suspect arrested on March 5 for burglary. He is identified as 44-year-old Louis Elvenway Spear.

Spear was arrested in the 2300 block of Theatre Drive in Paso Robles. He is suspected of burglarizing a home in Avila Beach. The vehicle he was driving was a 2017 silver Jeep Wrangler that had been reported stolen out of Isla Vista in Santa Barbara County. That vehicle was later found abandoned behind the Target store on Theatre Drive. Spear was located and arrested without incident at a nearby fast-food restaurant. The stolen vehicle was recovered.

Sheriff’s detectives believe Spear may have been involved in similar crimes in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Anyone with additional information on this or other incidents is asked to contact Detective Gower Slane at (805) 781-4913.


Original story posted March 6:

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Burglary suspect apprehended in Paso Robles after chase

– Authorities arrested an adult male suspect Tuesday in connection with a burglary reported earlier that day in Avila Beach, according to a press release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a burglary in progress around 3:30 p.m. in the 6700 block of Avila Valley Drive. Upon arrival, deputies found a resident who had just returned home to discover an intruder inside. The suspect, whose identity is pending, absconded with an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the scene.

Several hours later, law enforcement officers located the suspect’s vehicle in Paso Robles and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect, however, failed to comply, prompting a brief pursuit. Eventually, the vehicle was discovered abandoned behind the Target store located in the 2300 block of Theatre Drive.

A joint effort involving deputies, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers, and Paso Robles Police Department ensued as they searched the vicinity in search of the suspect. Ultimately, the individual was apprehended without resistance at a nearby fast food restaurant.

As of now, the suspect’s identity remains undisclosed, and the investigation remains ongoing. No further details were provided.

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