Paso Robles police arrest alleged repeat Lowe’s thief

July 25, 2023

Kody Lee Samuels


Police officers last week arrested a man who allegedly stole items from the Paso Robles Lowe’s store twice in less than three weeks. 

On June 30, Kody Lee Samuels 36, of Santa Maria allegedly stole a log splitter after cutting the table that secured it in the Lowe’s store located at 2445 Golden Hill Road. Then on the morning of July 17, Samuels returned to the store and attempted to cut a cable that held several generators together, presumably to steal the generators, according to the Paso Robles Police Department.

Samuels hid numerous pieces of merchandise in his clothing, left the store and fled by foot. After a caller alerted police, patrol officers located the suspect nearby and arrested him without incident.

Authorities booked Samuels in San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of grand theft, burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen or fictitious checks and possession of a stun gun by a prohibited person. Samuels is not currently listed as being in custody, according to the county sheriff’s office website. 

Paso Robles police are continuing to investigate the thefts. Investigators request that anyone who has information about the case call the police department at (805) 237-6464 or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP.

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The bottom-end of the I.Q. Bell Curve.

A perfect candidate for desert-located, tent treatment centers. Old Kody needs to dry out and be out of the reach of his drug suppliers.

Kudos to Lowes in Paso Robles for being vigilant in noticing the brazen return of this thief over two weeks after pulling off his first caper. I hope the stolen merchandise was recovered and returned. Despite his malbehavior and larcenist habits, Mr. Kody Lee Samuels deserves some praise and recognition for thoughtfully telegraphing a public safety alert wherever he goes by adorning his face and neck with red warning flags.

Well, if the poor dear had had midnight basketball, or underwater basket weaving, or something, he wouldn’t have acted out in this way. I feel simply awful that he has been so imposed upon by our systems of harm.

Of course he’s not in custody…Clearly a Parolee/Felon (“Prohibited person”) and no bail laws in this liberal state. Let em’ out to offend again. what to go Gavin.