Morro Bay police capture serial burglars

January 13, 2021

Christopher and Lindsay Nunes

Morro Bay police arrested a couple last week who allegedly burglarized multiple vehicles and businesses in San Luis Obispo County.

The burglary spree first attracted the attention of law enforcement on Dec. 8 when a Morro Bay visitor reported their locked vehicle had been broken into and a purse with multiple credit cards was stolen. The thieves then used the cards for purchases in Morro Bay and Arroyo Grande.

Investigators viewed video surveillance from businesses where the cards were used, to determine a maroon Dodge Caravan was linked to the theft. Investigators then tied Christopher and Lindsay Nunes, both 34 years old, to the burglary. The couple was wanted on burglary charges out of Colusa, Calif.

On Jan. 4, a caller reported a man traveling in a maroon Dodge Caravan was shattering the windows of multiple cars using bolt cutters.

A day later, officers spotted a maroon Dodge Caravan and two subjects coming and going from the Motel 6 in Morro Bay. Officers apprehended Lindsay Nunes while Christopher Nunes fled police in the vehicle.

While searching the couple’s hotel room, officers found multiple items of stolen property. Officers arrested Lindsay Nunes and booked her into the San Luis Obispo County jail on multiple felony charges and a warrant was issued for Christopher Nunes’ arrest. Lindsay Nunes was released shortly afterwards.

On Jan. 6, an Atascadero police officer spotted Christopher Ryan Nunes driving the maroon Dodge Caravan. After pulling over the vehicle, Christopher Nunes led officers on a short foot chase into a business.

Morro Bay detective responded to the scene and discovered both Christopher and Lindsay were engaged in a commercial burglary spree in Atascadero.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found multiple items of stolen property. Items that could be identified was returned.

Investigators are asking anyone who has any information regarding this incident to contact the Morro Bay Police Department at (805) 772-6225 or San Luis Obispo County Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP.

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So let me get this straight.. They caught and arrested the woman on MULTIPLE felony charges and released her knowing that she and her partner had been transient and a flight risk.. And what do they do? They go back to the same exact stuff that they were doing. I’m sorry that we have Covid-19 to worry about, but honestly, that is no excuse to let a felon free from jail. If anything Covid-19 should be a deterrent combined with jail time. The fact that you could get it in there should make you want to do the right thing to not catch it and if it’s not, well, you know the consequences ahead of time. Allowing criminals to just get booked and released is doing absolutely nothing but empowering these people to continue in their criminal acts. It needs to stop.

Great job law enforcement. Most likely stealing to feed their drug addictions.

I am glad Cookie Cop was available to catch these cereal Cookie Crooks.

How is this funny? If you’ve ever had your car broken into and items stolen, you wouldn’t be laughing.

Sadly, these will be viewed a “non-violent, non-serious” crimes (it’s just property, right?) so even if charged with felonies, they will plead no contest to a single misdemeanor and probably never go to jail. Probation is now limited to a year. Enforcement of restitution is non-existent. Gives new meaning to Land of the Free.

whew, my stash of Cocoa Puffs is safe!