Dumb criminal: Alleged thief tries to sell back stolen valuables

December 16, 2016

Kerry Lynn Allison

Kerry Lynn Allison

Two weeks after allegedly stealing a laptop and other goods valued at more than $14,000, a Paso Robles woman attempted to sell the property back to its owner for just $250, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

On Nov. 23, a thief smashed the window of a pickup truck parked on the 2200 block of El Camino Real in Atascadero and stole a backpack containing a laptop and other work related items. The truck belonged to a man who works for an out-of-area utility company.

On Dec. 6, Kerry Lynn Allison, 52, called the victim and said she was in possession of his backpack which she would sell back to him for $250, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The victim then contacted the sheriff’s office and reported the burglary, as well as the phone call he had received.

On Dec. 8, a detective posed as the victim and met Allison at the corner of Spring Street and 4th Street in Paso Robles. The detectives paid Allison for the backpack and then placed her under arrest.

Deputies booked Allison into the San Luis Obispo County Jail, where she remains with her bail set at $20,000. In addition to being charged with possession of stolen property, Allison also faces a count of violating her probation.







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10 Comments

  1. obispan says:

    I’m just guessin’ but I believe there is a lot more to this story. I don’t think this woman is a random smash and grab car burglar who scored a little more than a cell phone and purse. And the “out-of-the-area utility companies” are a story in their own.

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  2. Pelican1 says:

    Take out papers and run for Adam’s seat in the next election….YOU”LL WIN!

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  3. Jorge Estrada says:

    Dumb is a poor choice for someone who is mentally ill.

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    • circlingthedrain says:

      I went over the article again and did not see anything about mental illness. Could it be you just are into stigma and have a really big mouth? This is one of the most classy things I think I encounter: when someone knows personal information about another person–but keeps quiet about it–especially online. Attention seeking behavior on your part. You have to be “in the know” about this person’s health concerns and willing to smear her in public. Which you were.

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  4. LAH says:

    This is too good to be true!!! LOL I’m sure this will make the late night talk show circuit..Along with that picture! (I have a hard time being sympathetic to thieves….I LOVE the idea of putting them on a street corner with the Billboard recompense.)

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  5. SLO_Johnny says:

    The truly intelligent criminals work at Wall Street or in banks.

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  6. Black_Copter_Pilot says:

    When you need a fix, you need a fix. All rational thinking is tossed aside

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