Video fame, misfortune for burglary suspect
July 24, 2013
By DANIEL BLACKBURN
When Joseph Oliver Godfrey stopped by Paso Robles’ most popular delicatessen Tuesday, he got an unexpectedly cold reception — handcuffs and a brisk walk to the back seat of Officer Jeremy Petlachi’s police car. (See video of Godfrey’s questioning and arrest here.)
Godfrey was booked into county jail on charges of vehicular burglary after videotaped images of a man identified as him were captured, first on Cregor’s Market and Deli security surveillance cameras, then on a customer’s smart-phone, in the act of stealing a store employee’s purse from a parked vehicle.
The day after the burglary, Godfrey, 29, a county resident, was sitting outside Cregor’s with several acquaintances at 1:30 p.m. when he was recognized as a man who looked like the thief.
Police responded and were questioning Godfrey when a store customer proffered his smart-phone images. Officers showed the video to Godfrey, who initially shook his head in disbelief before shrugging in apparent resignation.
Godfrey was then cuffed by Sgt. Nicki Woods and whisked away to jail.
A CalCoastNews reporter witnessed and videotaped the arrest.