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Deputies catch two in the act of attempted grand theft

Two Fallbrook men were apprehended last night when they attempted to steal the tires from a truck in a local car sales lot.

Sheriff's deputies Michael Tingley and Domenic Carini were on patrol hear the Autohaus car dealership in the 1500 block of South Mission Road last night about 11:57 p.m. when they heard a car alarm sound. As the deputies approached the car lot, they saw a person jump over the fence on the property.

"Suspecting they had interrupted a vehicle burglary, the deputies chased after the suspect who went over the fence in an attempt to get away," said Lt. Mike Barnett. "Deputy Tingley was able to apprehend the suspect, who was later identified as a 17-year-old juvenile."

A second suspect who fled the scene was found later by the deputies at his residence.

"The second suspect was identified as Erick Arreola, 18," said Barnett.

Barnett said, "The juvenile admitted to deputies that he and Arreola were in the process of taking the tires off of a Toyota truck that was in the lot for sale when they accidentally activated the vehicle alarm."

Arreola was arrested and booked into the Vista Jail on charge of 664-487 PC - Attempted Grand Theft.

"The juvenile was processed and released to his parents," said Barnett.

The Sheriff's department is recommending to the San Diego District Attorney's office that the two be charged with grand theft and conspiracy, both felonies.

Barnett said it is not unusual for deputies to hear car alarms sound, but in many cases it does not relate to a break-in.

"We hear car alarms all the time and it's easy to dismiss them as being caused by any number of things, but these deputies were alert, saw suspicious activity, chased down the criminals and made two great arrests," he said.


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