Couple arrested for string of Atascadero burglaries
February 27, 2014
Atascadero police arrested a couple earlier this month for committing a string of burglaries last year.
Between August and December, four residential burglaries occurred in Atascadero, in which thieves nabbed jewelry and electronics from residents’ homes while they slept. The loss from the burglaries totaled more than $100,000.
Ashlee Sylvester and Cecil Yahtin, both 22, are accused of stealing several items and selling them to pawn shops and other second-hand dealers in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Maria. The couple is suspected of, on one occasion, stealing items from a bedroom in which residents were sleeping.
Officers arrested Sylvester and Yahtin in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 10. During the traffic stop, officers found several items in their vehicle linking the couple to the burglaries.
Yahtin is currently on parole for committing several similar residential burglaries in Atascadero in 2010.
Both Sylvester and Yahtin are charged with possession of stolen property and criminal conspiracy. They remain in San Luis Obispo County Jail with Yahtin’s bail set at $50,000 and Sylvester’s bail at $20,000.