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License plate reader leads to arrest of alleged car thieves in Grover Beach

Joshua Adam Neiman, 33, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Thursday, June 18, 2015, on suspicion of vehicle theft and drug possession. Original story »
Joshua Adam Neiman, 33, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Thursday, June 18, 2015, on suspicion of vehicle theft and drug possession. Original story »

A hit on a Grover Beach patrol vehicle’s license plate reader system alerted an officer about a stolen vehicle early Thursday morning and led to the arrest of two men on suspicion of vehicle theft and minor drug charges.

At about 1:40 a.m., the officer was alerted of the vehicle, reported stolen out of Los Angeles, by the in-car system in a parking lot in the 900 block of Mentone Avenue.

The officer contacted the two occupants of the 2014 Buick SUV, Joshua Adam Neiman of San Luis Obispo and Armando Joshua Lopez of Burbank, both 33 years old.

During questioning, officers discovered the men were in possession of methamphetamine, heroin, hash, marijuana and paraphernalia, police Chief John Peters said.

Peters added that the drugs found were believed to be for personal use, not packaged for sale, which is now a misdemeanor under California law.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of felony vehicle theft as well as misdemeanor drug possession and booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail.

As of late Thursday morning, both remained in custody in lieu of $40,000 bail.

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