PCSO: Deputy catches auto thieves in action - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

PCSO: Deputy catches auto thieves in action

Posted: Updated:
Vincent Chavez (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Vincent Chavez (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Opelika veteran receives Medal of Honor

    Opelika veteran receives Medal of Honor

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:47 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:47:03 GMT
    On Monday afternoon, a local veteran received an important military honor. President Obama  awarded retired Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins in Opelika with the Medal of Honor at the White
    More >>
    On Monday afternoon, a local veteran received an important military honor. President Obama  awarded retired Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins in Opelika with the Medal of Honor at the White House.
    More >>
  • Improving the White Water Classic

    Improving the White Water Classic

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:35 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:35:08 GMT
    Now that Tuskeegee and Albany State have faced off in the first ever White Water Classic football game, Phenix City leaders evaluate the weekend's events and discuss ways to improve it in the future. NewsMore >>
    Now that Tuskeegee and Albany State have faced off in the first ever White Water Classic football game, Phenix City leaders evaluate the weekend's events and discuss ways to improve it in the future. News Leader 9's Tyrone McCoy has some of those ideas.More >>
  • Opelika man arrested in Auburn theft

    Opelika man arrested in Auburn theft

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:29 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:29:07 GMT
    On Friday Sept. 12, the Auburn Police Division arrested 22-year-old Garrett P. Nixon from Opelika on felony warrants charging him with Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and Theft of PropertyMore >>
    On Friday Sept. 12, the Auburn Police Division arrested 22-year-old Garrett P. Nixon from Opelika on felony warrants charging him with Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and Theft of Property Second Degree.More >>
FLORENCE, AZ (CBS5) -

Two people were arrested Monday on suspicion of car theft in the area of San Manuel Junction, Pinal County sheriff's deputies said.

Vincent Chavez, 36, and Jonathan Altland, 17, of Oracle, had outstanding warrants from Pima County and were arrested for those warrants. They also face other charges, including auto theft and burglary.

A deputy patrolling an area experiencing an uptick in car burglaries observed a vehicle pull into a parking lot and alongside a parked pickup truck, PCSO said. 

As the deputy approached the two vehicles, he overheard one man yell to the other, "Get down, someone is coming," according to authorities. 

The deputy said he found Altland inside the parked pickup and observed the ignition had been punched. Altland was wearing gloves and had a screwdriver near his side, PCSO said.

The deputy learned the vehicle Chavez was in had been stolen earlier from Pima County. After arresting the two men, deputies said they discovered a small amount of methamphetamine in the pocket of the juvenile.

During questioning, Chavez said that he was a drug dealer but he was not a car thief and thought he was taking Altland, his neighbor, to pick up a family member's truck.

PCSO deputies will now compare fingerprints of the suspects to prints taken from other burglaries in the area.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.