SANTA BARBARA Two people were arrested late last month in connection with a vehicle theft that occurred in early February in the city of Santa Barbara, police said.
On Feb. 6, a Santa Barbara resident reported their Subaru Outback was stolen from the 300 block of West Padre Street. The key was left inside the vehicle, which was equipped with a STARLINK tracking system. The vehicle was tracked to the 100 block of South Turnpike Road in Goleta, said Anthony Wagner, spokesman for the Santa Barbara Police Department.
Deputies with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the area and located the vehicle. A traffic stop was attempted but the vehicle fled.
Following a brief pursuit, the vehicle was abandoned on La Buena Tierra in Goleta and the four occupants fled on foot. Two juvenile suspects were apprehended and the remaining two suspects fled the area.
On Feb. 20, 18-year-old Gabriel Barajas was arrested. The Santa Barbara Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team located Carlos Manuel Rivera-Buenrosrto, 18, on Feb. 28 and he was taken into custody. Both suspects are facing charges related to the stolen vehicle and pursuit, Mr. Wagner said.