Security Guard Arrested for Stealing Ventura Memorabilia
Suspect caught with loot stolen from Lakeview Jr. High
Santa Barbara--A security guard working an overnight
assignment at Lakeview Jr. High School in Orcutt is in the
Santa Barbara County Jail for stealing items from a case
containing Robin Ventura baseball memorabilia.
At approximately 12:11am on Thursday, June 14, 2012, Santa
Barbara Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm in the
school's gymnasium on the 3700 block of Lakeview Road.
While searching the building, they discovered that someone
had broken in a display case and removed several items of
baseball memorabilia that had been signed by retired major
league baseball player and current Chicago White Sox manager
It was not clear how many items had been taken from the case,
but several of the items had been placed in a trash can next
to the display case.
While searching the school grounds, deputies were approached
by a man in a security guard uniform. The man had apparently
been assigned by his employer Overland Security Services to
guard the school grounds overnight prior to Thursday's
outdoor 8th grade graduation ceremony.
When asked for identification, the man walked with the
deputies to his car, and as he was bending over to get his
I.D. inside the vehicle, deputies observed a baseball in the
man's jacket pocket. Upon closer inspection, the baseball
featured an autograph by Robin Ventura. Further investigation
revealed a piece of the broken display case lock in the man's
Sheriff's deputies arrested Cameron James Taylor (DOB 4/1/91)
of Santa Maria and booked him into the Santa Barbara County
Jail on $20,000 for felony burglary (459 PC) and petty theft