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Santa Maria Women Arrested

A pair of women from Santa Maria were arrested for allegedly breaking into cars in North Morro Bay and when arrested were also allegedly found with drugs.
Over several days, Morro Bay Police took several reports of car burglaries in North Morro Bay and during their investigation discovered that someone had used one of the stolen credit cards at a local market. Police were able to get surveillance video from the market, which led to a “partial identification,” according to a news release.
“Further investigation led officers to a local hotel where the two suspects were located and positively identified.”
At 8:30 a.m. Nov. 9, police raided the motel room and two women, identified as Stephanie Rene Lara, 50, and Joann Marie Alley, 58, both of Santa Maria, were arrested.
“Officers found the suspects to be in possession of stolen property from the earlier reported thefts,” MBPD said. “Both suspects were also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and under the influence of the controlled substance.”
The two women reportedly admitted to “conducting numerous thefts throughout the North Morro Bay area. Officers believe there may be additional victims that have not yet come forward or do not yet realize they may be a victim of theft.”
Police recovered more suspected stolen items than they can account for, which leads them to believe there are victims who may not have reported the crimes or chose not to.
MBPD is asking anyone who may have been a victim of theft over the past two days (Nov. 7-9) to contact the Morro Bay Police Department at (805) 772-6225.
Lara and Alley were booked into County Jail on suspicion of identity theft, possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a stolen credit card, possession of a controlled substance, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the MBPD Cpl. Mark Martin at (805) 772-6225 Ext. 427. You can also report suspicious or illegal activity anonymously at San Luis Obispo County Crime Stoppers at: www.slotips.org.
Police remind everyone to lock and secure your vehicle when not attended and do not leave valuable items inside the vehicle or in plain view. “We recommend items be secured in the trunk or placed inside the residence when unattended.”

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