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4 arrests made in string of Ojai car burglaries

Ricardo Gutierrez is seen after being taken into custody on Christmas Eve.

December 28, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Authorities have now arrested four Ojai residents after a two-month investigation into a string of local vehicle burglaries.Benjamin Kennedy, 19, Kristen Baker, 20, and Reyes Estrada, 27, were taken into custody Wednesday. Ricardo Gutierrez, 25, was arrested on Christmas Eve.

A fifth suspect, Lee Peyton, 31, is currently serving time in state prison for parole violations. He will be arrested as soon as he is released.

Investigators have linked the group to at least 30 burglaries. Detectives were able to track down the suspects after Peyton used a credit card stolen from one of the vehicles.

Most of the burglaries involved valuables left in plain sight. Detectives say the suspects targeted places where people were likely to leave things in their cars.