CARPINTERIA Two people were arrested last weekend in Carpinteria in connection with a stolen vehicle out of San Jose other misdemeanor chargers, authorities said.
On Jan. 25, a Sheriff’s deputy was driving south on Highway 101 near Santa Claus Lane when he noticed a black Chevrolet Malibu matching the description of a suspect’s vehicle associated with thefts from several vehicles in the areas of Los Alamos, Gaviota and Goleta. A license plate check revealed the vehicle was stolen out of San Jose, Raquel Zick, sheriff’s spokeswoman, said in a news release.
“As the deputy followed the vehicle, the driver began swerving in and out of traffic. The vehicle gained distance ahead of the deputy that was following and crashed into another vehicle just before the Reynolds offramp,” Ms. Zick said.
Witnesses reported two suspects ran from the vehicle. Emily Rodriguez, 19, of San Francisco, was taken into custody on suspicion of felony vehicle theft. She has since posted bail.
Deputies searched the area for the second suspect and were alerted that he ran behind a housing complex in the 4200 block of Carpinteria Avenue. Several deputies, along with a K9 unit and County Air Support, searched the area and located the man hiding behind the bushes. Jamal Rutledge, 24, of Richmond, was arrested without further incident, Ms. Zick said.
Mr. Rutledge was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of several misdemeanors, including possession of stolen property, possession of known stolen property, petty theft, trespassing, theft of property, and vandalism. He is also facing felony charges of vehicle theft and burglary. In addition, he is being held on two felony warrants for being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, and carrying a loaded firearm in public.
“Throughout this past week, deputies have been working diligently to inventory and match items found in the stolen vehicle to items that were reported stolen to State Parks Police and the Santa Barbara Police Department,” Ms. Zick said. “At the conclusion of their inventory, they are left with items that are believed to be stolen but not reported.”
Victims who have not reported a theft from their vehicle on Jan. 25 are encouraged to visit www.sbsheriff.org and report their property as stolen.