Vehicle Was Spotted By A Friend Of The Owner
SALINAS—The Salinas Police Department arrested 26-year-old Salinas resident Elizar Uribe and 30-year-old Ismael Reymundo for vehicle theft after they were spotted driving a vehicle that was reported stolen four days prior.
On Thursday March 26, a 2007 Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen from an apartment complex on West Alvin Drive in the North Area of Salinas. Four days later a friend of the owner spotted the jeep driving southbound on North Main Street near Alvin Drive, which is approximately two blocks from where it was stolen.
He called the Police and provided them with a description and the direction of travel. A Salinas Police officer spotted the vehicle heading west on West Laurel Drive, heading towards Highway 101.
After seeing the police, instead of heading to the Highway, the driver, identified as Uribe, turned on to Adams Drive, abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. He was captured after a short foot chase.
The passenger, identified as Reymundo, also made a run for it, and was chased for several blocks and over fences of nearby residences. Police conducted a yard-to-yard search, and thanks to several witnesses in the area, the suspect was tracked to the garage of a home on Polk Street.
The owner of the home did not know Reymundo, but did not want to prosecute him for trespassing. He was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, being in possession of methamphetamine and providing false information to a peace officer.
Uribe was booked in the Monterey County Jail on charges of driving a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and violation of probation. He was on probation for vehicle theft.