Thief steals $40,000 in jewelry from Shell Beach hotel

May 17, 2018

An Arroyo Grande man stole about $40,000 worth of jewelry from a person’s hotel room in Shell Beach last weekend, according to the Pismo Beach Police Department. [Cal Coast Times]

Pismo Beach police began investigating the theft on Tuesday after receiving a report about the burglary. Investigators developed a primary suspect, and on Wednesday, police located 37-year-old Jesse Sanchez, of rural Arroyo Grande.

Sanchez admitted to the burglary, according to the Pismo Beach Police Department. Police recovered all the jewelry and said the items would be returned to the victim.

Officers arrested Sanchez and booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of burglary and possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Sanchez remains in custody with his bail set at $50,000.

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Something is missing from this story. Im assuming the hotel guests were from out of town, but the suspect was not, and (probably) didnt know them…yet he knew where they were staying and what they had?

Someone tipped off Sanchez…for example a hotel staffer? or the victims were stupidly flashy with their extremely expensive assortment of jewelry that they travel with, and Sanchez noticed?

Was the guest in town for the oscars? Sounds like this guy might have had some inside help from one of the workers. How would one know about expensive jewelry unless the people were wearing it when they checked in and someone informed the perp that the room was clear. I guess she doesn’t wear her jewelry to the beach.