Burglar breaks into home being fumigated, steals wedding rings

March 23, 2017

Geovanny Carbajal-Vera

A Lompoc man broke into a Santa Ynez home while it was being fumigated and stole several firearms, a large amount of jewelry and heirlooms, including deceased relatives’ wedding rings, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. The burglar took the heirlooms directly off an urn that contained the relatives’ ashes, sheriff’s officials say.

On Feb. 27, a fumigation company tented a home for termites in the 2600 block of Baseline Drive in the Santa Ynez area. Company employees returned on the morning of March 1 to remove the tents.

The workers discovered the home had been burglarized. The crime occurred sometime between 5 p.m. on Feb. 28 and 7 a.m. on March 1, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

On March 10, the sheriff’s office assigned detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau to the case. Based on evidence gathered at the scene, detectives identified Geovanny Carbajal-Vera, 23, as a suspect. Detectives determined Carbajal-Vera had two outstanding warrants and was on probation.

On March 20, sheriff’s detectives located Carbajal-Vera at a home in Lompoc. Deputies searched the home and found items from the burglary. However, sheriff’s officials did not recover the stolen jewelry or firearms.

An investigation into the case is ongoing. Detectives say they have reason to believe more suspects may have been involved.

Investigators request that anyone who has information about the crime or whereabouts of the stolen property call the Sheriffs’ Criminal Investigations Bureau at (805) 934-6170 or leave an anonymous tip at (805) 681-4171.


To answer your question Copperhead, it is probable that this Carbajal-Vera has a criminal history and left fingerprints. If he is a convicted felon, the DOJ has his DNA AND fingerprints on file. If you wash your hands, use the toilet or run your fingers through your hair, you will leave DNA behind and it would be short order to identify the suspect.


Stupid is as stupid does and this guy is a complete moron. About 20 Years ago in SLO a calpoly kid curled up inside a tented house to keep warm. They found him dead.

I wonder how the police were able to so quickly make the connection? Was it just from the outstanding warrants (other fumigation burglaries) or did he leave his wallet in the living room.


It is only a matter of time before he sues the home owner, the fumigation company & and the chemical company for not protecting him against the danger and for every bad thing that happens to him for the rest of his pathetic life.


It is a shame that the fumigant was registered for use on cockroaches….Mr. Carbajal-Vera dodged a bullet…unfortunately..


Most of those fumigants are highly toxic to 2-legged cockroaches as well. I suspect that the burglary took place after most of the fumigation process was over.