Stolen property, arrests in Keeler

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office press release

On February 10th members of the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in Keeler and discovered approximately $5,000 worth of stolen property. The following arrests were made:


Steven Zukaitus

· Steven Zukaitus, 30-year old man from Keeler, arrested for: felony burglary, felony grand theft, felony possession of stolen property, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. In addition Mr. Zukaitus is being held on one local warrant and three Kern County warrants.

· Richard Zukaitus, 75-year old man from Keeler was cited for obstructing an officer.

· Nicole Archila, 26-year old woman from Keeler, arrested for: felony burglary, felony grand theft, felony possession of stolen property. Ms. Archila is also being held on one Kern County warrant.

Nicole Archila

Nicole Archila

· Christopher Hansen, 27-year old man from Keeler, arrested for: felony burglary, felony grand theft, felony possession of stolen property, false representation of identity to a Peace Officer, and one Nye County, NV warrant.

Originally Deputies arrived at the Zukaitis residence to serve an active warrant; however items that were recently reported stolen were noticed in the residence which ultimately resulted in the arrests.

Christopher Hansen

Christopher Hansen


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17 Responses to Stolen property, arrests in Keeler

  1. Low-Inyo February 18, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

    The homes and business’ (when no one is in them ) in Keeler and surrounding towns will be a LOT safer from burglaries and theft with this group of known- thieves locked up…..I,and others,only hope THIS TIME the courts will do their job and with punishment….and before others start posting “innocent untill proven guilty “,and throw the word “alleged” around and defending them “untill proven guilty”…..come to Keeler,Lone Pine,talk with both homeowners and business owners in the area and see how they feel about this one and how we ALL know ,and what we know about them….great job by ICSO with this one….only wish it was still like the earlier days when citizens would pack up their crap and set it on HWY 395 at the Kern County line and warn them not to come back into Inyo…..they have WAY overstayed their welcome with their past-actions and laughing saying nothing anyone can do about it…..including the court system…..time and time again…

  2. winner February 19, 2016 at 12:10 am #


  3. Rick OB February 19, 2016 at 12:49 am #

    “To CATCH a burglar’, With Chris Hansen

  4. CarbonFootPrint February 19, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

    Thanks to Prop 47 and AB 109, these three will soon be back out on a street near you. Thank you Gov Brown and the uninformed voters of CA.

    • Pedro February 20, 2016 at 8:02 pm #


      Prop 47 changed certain felonies to misdemeanors, so obviously none of these charges were changed by 47. AB 109 made the county more responsible for parole supervision, so maybe it’s the County of Inyo you should have a beef with.

      • CarbonFootPrint February 20, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

        My beef is not with the County. My beef is with people who continually make poor decisions that we law abiding citizens have to pay for.

        Why do you think these people are burglarizing? It’s probably to pay for drugs. Look at their faces. It’s not that hard to figure out. They’re probably well known in the south county area.

        Now, those drug crimes are misdemeanors and the county has limited resources to supervise knuckleheads. So we citizens have to wait until they’re in our homes stealing from us for a real crime to be committed? That’s BS.

        • Low-Inyo February 21, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

          CarbonFootPrint….true…..drug crimes…..possessions and DUI’s….under the influence …driving without a license or insurance NUMEROUS times….theft of checks..but also previous thefts,break-ins,possessing stolen property….burglaries….in-and-out and in-and-out of the “system”…..when there are burglaries and thefts down here,we ALL know who’s involved in it,one way or the other…in some fashion…either doing the stealing,receiving the stolen property….trying to sell the stolen property..and something I recently heard,threats against some that say they’ll turn them in(which,by the looks of them,kinda funny in itself)..and always ducking the court dates and warrants issued..been going on for years…

          • Low-Inyo February 22, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

            …And how could I forget…..a while back,a chase through the desert on a motorcycle…with CHP and/or ICSO in hot pursuit……and if my memory serves me correctly,it was a stolen motorcycle…..caught….arrested…..and think he was out the next day or two….bailed out (enabled) by Papa.

  5. Karen Rotchstein February 20, 2016 at 4:56 am #

    Who forced the cops to enforce the law?

  6. Low-Inyo February 20, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    CarbonFootPrint….from what I understand,one of the three is already out….maybe two of them…and the third,his bail has been reduced to half…so your right…they’ll soon be back stealing,dodging and weaving the system,and avoiding their court dates…..if their charges aren’t dropped,reduced or plea-bargined down to nothing.But like you say,no one to blame but the bleeding-hearts and voters,thinking “rehab”and “better understanding” of these “children” are better than time behind bars.think the answer and resolve to this low-Inyo problem might end up being with them breaking into or burglarizing the wrong home or business….when someone ends up being home and woken-up to a breaking window or door,and swift justice happens before a call to Law Enforcement takes place.

    • CarbonFootPrint February 20, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

      The pendulum of crime never stands still. It swings from left to right and back again. Some people just don’t get the fact that there are criminals who can never be rehabilitated. Crime is all they know. Kind of like a trade; once you learn it, kinda of hard to switch to another.

      • Karen Rotchstein February 22, 2016 at 10:09 am #

        This problem has been going on before Don Dorsey ( Inyo county sheriff 1983-1990) who was convicted of misusing public funds, embezzlement and state tax violations. He did not even get a slap on the wrist. His legacy lives on.

  7. Roy February 21, 2016 at 7:01 am #

    AB 109 and prop 47 have to be without a doubt the two worst programs ever started in this state to reduce crime…Off the top of my head I can think of 7 murders where the suspect was released from prison early due to AB109. People want to wonder why the crime rate has increased in this state, those two asinine programs are the reason…

  8. Badfinger February 22, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    Stupid Is, Stupid does….

  9. kimberely June 6, 2016 at 6:26 am #

    To low-inyo for your memory needs to be checked cuz the motorcycle chase through the dessert was NOT who u thouht it was and the motorcycle was NOT stolen and thanks to people like you who open their mouth without knowing the facts make the people who you wish were the culprits look worse than what they make themselves out to be and no one likes gossip!!!!!!

  10. kimberely June 6, 2016 at 6:33 am #

    Carbon foot print I love the fact you consider your self a law abiding citizen because I will be damned if there is such a name like that in existance cuz I’m sure I have gotten a ticket in your lifetime I’m sure now with cell phones you have talked while driving and do u know the rate of killed do to cell phones are much higher than drug users or burglaries so in my opinion anyone using a cell phone should get attempted murder cuz u r putting everyone and anyone around u in jeopardy think bout that “Law abiding citizen ” my ASS!!!!

    • Low Inyo June 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

      What the hell are you trying to say ?….and as far as responding to my post…..rumors ?….gossip ?…..ask anyone about them here in Low-Inyo….and I do mean ANYONE….one thing to be talking on a cell phone while driving…a whole nuther thing breaking into buildings and residences stealing…failure to appears in numerous Counties……dope,DUI’s,driving without a license or insurance..trying,and failing to outrun the cops..or is that all “gossip” or “alleged” ?….hopefully,their time in jail will straighten them out and put them on the right path….but the,the Long Valley Caldera might come back to life in the next 15 minutes…


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