SLO County parolee removes tracking device
March 1, 2013
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 43-year-old parolee who removed his GPS tracking device.
Ronald Digirolamo served jail time on a felony domestic violence charge. The sheriff’s parole released him on Feb. 12 on the condition that he wear the tracking device.
Investigators learned on Wednesday that Digirolamo’s GPS tracker had been altered, and they later discovered the device in the Grover Beach area.
Digirolamo is not considered dangerous, but the sheriff’s office has issued a warrant for his arrest.
Since 2010, when California began transferring parole violators to county jails to lessen prison crowding, law enforcement has issued more than 3,400 arrest warrants for GPS tamperers in the state. The majority of California warrants issued for GPS tampering are for convicted sex offenders.
The maximum penalty for GPS tampering is 180 days in jail, and many offenders do not serve the full time.