Paso Robles police arrest man with heroin, stolen checkbook

September 5, 2016
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Joseph Armas

Following a traffic stop last week, Paso Robles police returned a stolen checkbook to a person whose car was burglarized. During the incident, officers arrested a Paso Robles man who was allegedly in possession of stolen goods, as well as heroin and methamphetamine.

Around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, officers stopped a car because of vehicle code violations in the 1800 block of Redwood Drive, according to a Paso Robles Police Department press release.

Police then noticed Joseph Armas, 26 was in possession of a checkbook that belonged to another person. Officers contacted the person who owned the checkbook and determined the person had been the victim of an unreported vehicle burglary sometime during the previous week. The burglary occurred in the 600 block of Nicklaus Street in Paso Robles.

Officers also discovered Armas in possession of numerous items of stolen property, as well as heroin, methamphetamine and narcotics paraphernalia. Police arrested Armas and charged him with several offenses, including possession of stolen property, sales of controlled substances and transportation of controlled substances.Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 6.40.43 PM

Police booked Armas in to the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Armas remains in custody with his bail set at $50,000.

Authorities managed to return more than $500 worth of property to the victim of the vehicle burglary. An investigation into the case is ongoing. Investigators request that anyone with information about the case call the police department at 805-237-6464.


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3 Comments

  1. JimF says:

    Talk about big govt. Aside from being really expensive such hardline approaches do little but escalate the violence. Similar tactics have been used in russia, china, and throughout the global south over the last 50 years and have invariably produced even more savage criminal organizations and more violence, but have had little to no effect on supply.

    The rest of the developed world is having much more success by focusing on the economic incentives driving the drug trade, as well as better methods of rehab/access to opportunity. May seem counterintuitive, but these approaches are working and cost a whole hell of a lot less than what we are wasting over here.

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    • JimF says:

      was a reply to mej

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    • mej says:

      I totally agree with rehab and economic incentives, but I’m not opposed to using a Duterte style method to deal with the cartel in our county. Why give the cartel a chance to go to prison so they can run the prison and organize the gangs even more inside.

      And my comment wasn’t for this poor guy who got hooked on heroin. It’s horrible for our youth to get involved in drugs. I’d like to go after the big guys.

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