Santa Cruz Police: Concord & Walnut Creek Burglar Captured in Santa Cruz

April 2, 2013 10:05 am · 24 comments


A criminal who police say has committed burglary & drug related crimes in Claycord has been arrested for burglary in the City of Santa Cruz, according to the Santa Cruz Police Department.

The following is from the Santa Cruz Police Department:

On Monday March 18, 2013, Santa Cruz Police Detectives arrested Suspect Scott Russo for a series of burglaries in the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay area. In January, Mr. Russo was depicted in the following surveillance photos after burglarizing a business in the 300 block of Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz.

Detectives pursued leads developed through informants. Those leads directed them to Mr. Russo and his motel room on Monday March 18th. Detectives contacted Mr. Russo in his motel room and conducted a probation search. Mr. Russo was found in possession of hundreds of stolen items taken in several burglaries through the city of Santa Cruz and Monterey bay area. Included in those items was the computer server depicted in the above photo, as well as other laptop computers, woman’s clothing / shoes, vinyl LP albums, computer hard drives, cell phones, bicycle, and sports trading cards.

Mr. Russo admitted taking the items and frequently selling stolen items at the flea market. Mr. Russo has an extensive criminal history for burglary and drug related charges dating back to 1992. Most crimes occurred in Monterey County, with a few in the Walnut Creek and Concord areas.

Detectives are continuing to sort through the property seized and identify additional burglary victims. They are also working with detectives from neighboring cities and counties to identify victims and open cases. Mr. Russo was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, and Narcotics violations.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations unit at 831-420-5820. Tipsters may also leave an anonymous tip via our mobile apps, or the tip line listed below.

Sunstar April 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Danger is everywhere–go figure. You live with it even on the sandy beaches of Santa Cruz. lol

California nightmare April 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Please explain to me why this lifetime, non-rehabilitated criminal should be repeatedly arrested, given a short jail sentence, and then released back to victimize more people?

This guy should be under a three strikes sentence and locked up for 20 years.

Oh wait – the democrats last year gutted the three strikes law…

Anon777 April 2, 2013 at 10:43 AM


Indeed April 2, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Lock him up and throw away the keys. Opps you are correct California nightmare. Thanks Dems.

Jazzguy April 2, 2013 at 10:54 AM

@ California nightmare #2- Remember, a Federal Judge decided that Ca. prisons are overcrowded, and “non-violent” criminals were set free to do what they do. Nobody is reporting whether or not any crimes committed are from these releases-certainly not the State Gov’t, nor the press, who seem to give Jerry Brown a free pass. Obviously, we need more state prisons, but we don’t have the money-truly a California Nightmare.
I suppose we just have to get used to it. Alarms,cameras,dogs and shotguns-what a way to live. Thank-you Democrats for f****** up this once beautiful state.

Cartman April 2, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Boil him.

@California nightmare April 2, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Under realignment (AB109) NONE of those current charges will put him in State Prison. Any sentence given is Automatically cut in Half by AB109.
It gets better Counties may get to share him, he may do 1/3 in Contra Costa and 2/3 in Santa Cruz. Chances of him doing even half his sentence are slim due to jail overcrowding caused by AB109.
Our current State Senator and Assemblywoman BOTH voted For AB109.
They passed Their Prison overcrowding problem down onto the Counties, but they solved their problem that’s all that matters.

noelle April 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM


Chicken Little April 2, 2013 at 11:13 AM

A few days in jail should teach this guy not to do THAT again!

jtkatec April 2, 2013 at 11:32 AM

“Mr. Russo has an extensive criminal history for burglary and drug related charges dating back to 1992.”

Dang, 1992, 21 years of thieving!! How old is this individual? Most of his adult life spent thieving?

As an aside from the public, in cases such as these, I would think the insurers who have to pay the theft claims would be up in arms also.

I’m all for being a bleeding heart liberal, but dang, he’s truly a loser.

Howard K Mullins III April 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Mr. Russo has an extensive criminal history for burglary and drug related charges dating back to 1992.

20 years of criminal activity and he is walking around a free man.
(perhaps not at the moment, but I bet he soon will be a free man again)

I bet that perchance he is convicted, which is not probable, he’ll get probation, again.


Just a Concordian April 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM

maybe he stole that boat!

anonanonagain April 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Capture, bed and food, release, capture, bed and food, release, capture, bed and food, release, etc. etc. etc.

babytruck April 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM

@Just a Concordian: I bet you are right!! I mean…it would be sooo nice to be in a pretty blue boat down in Santa Cruz, don’t you agree?

Just a Concordian April 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM


Completely! Sailing off onto the sunset right after a successful job. Not to mention, he seems to have the sailor style short coat, gloves and a cap. Perfect boatwear for Bay weather if you ask me…

dinkydau April 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I guess Three Strikes doesnt come into play here?

Some dude April 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Just put him down……just….put him down…..

old concord April 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Wish we had a better picture of him. See if I have ever seen this guy.=)

ctown April 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Just put a bullet in his head and end it. Looks like he is a career POS. People like this are of no use to society. Just end it now while he is in custody so we do not have to keep paying to keep him in jail where he will just be released and continue to be a POS.

Atticus Thraxx April 2, 2013 at 5:49 PM

I like it when burglars look like burglars.

Dennis April 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Jerry Brown had a choice to make: a) build enough prison space to get the criminals off the street, or b) buy votes with the billions spent on the High Speed Rail from nowhere to nowhere, spent on welfare (no doubt to those who should be locked up, and spent on public union salaries (currently over $1B per month).
Gee, give the State Penal System to the Feds, and give criminals Get Out Of Jail Free cards, or do the job he was sworn to do?
That was a no brainer for Jerry.

J. April 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Mug shot of Scott Russo the serial burglar:

Scott April 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM

LMAO….Im calling santa cruz police right now I swear this dirtbag ripped my name off

Dr. Jellyfinger April 3, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Yep, that is an authentic burglar outfit. He just needs one of those little black Zorro masks. You know he also kinda looks like one of those Super Mario Brothers characters……the hat, the white gloves………. it’s “Waluigi”!

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