OnStar leads police to suspected car thieves in South County

slinn@thetribunenews.comOctober 1, 2013 

A GPS tracking device helped lead Pismo Beach police to a stolen truck early Monday.

According to police Cmdr. Mark Miller, the CHP contacted Pismo Beach police at 5:16 a.m. to advise them that the OnStar device in the truck, which had been reported stolen from Santa Maria, indicated it was in the Shell Beach area.

Pismo Beach police officers located the vehicle on Placentia Avenue and initiated a traffic stop, Miller said, but the driver failed to yield. Police then chased the truck through Shell Beach and onto southbound Highway 101, reaching speeds of 100 mph. Using OnStar, they discovered the disabled vehicle in an open field near 22nd Street in Oceano, Miller said.

Officers stopped two men attempting to flee from the truck, Miller said.

Jacob Valdez, 23, of Santa Maria was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, vehicle theft, evading a peace officer, conspiracy to commit a crime and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Police arrested another Santa Maria man, 18-year-old Joshua Valdez, on suspicion of possession of stolen property, vehicle theft and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Both men were being held Monday evening at San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail each.

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