North County men found with stolen goods

August 24, 2015
Manuel Padilla Jr.

Manuel Padilla Jr.

Paso Robles police have returned more than $5,000 worth of construction tools and equipment to the rightful owner and arrested the alleged thieves.

The arrests occurred after an officer drove through a parking lot in the 2700 block of Black Oak Drive. He spotted a 2004 Chevrolet pickup and an enclosed utility trailer without proper licensing.

The officer used a DMV database to determine a stolen license plate was attached to the trailer. The plate belonged to a trailer that was reported stolen from an unincorporated area of San Luis Obispo County.

Two suspects, both of whom are 32-years-old, attempted to walk away from the vehicle. The officer stopped the suspects, who were identified as San Miguel resident Manuel Padilla Jr. and Paso Robles resident Humberto Aguilar Lopez.

Padilla is on felony probation for drug charges. Officers searched the truck and found a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Humberto Aguilar Lopez

Humberto Aguilar Lopez

Police managed to locate the owner of the stolen construction equipment. Officers returned the items at the scene.

Officers booked Padilla and Lopez in San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of possession of stolen property. Police will also file charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia with the district attorney’s office.

Padilla is likewise charged with violating his probation.

Paso Robles officers are working with the county sheriff’s office and the Auto Theft Task Force to determine if Padilla and Lopez are responsible for other thefts in the county.

Kaiser Bill

Some, I assume, are good people.


There have been dozens of trailer thefts in the Paso area within the last couple of years.

Some were filled with tens of thousands of dollars of equipment but PRPD has chosen not to publicize it.

Hopefully this will shine some light on some of those thefts.


Goes to show prison isn’t much of a deterrent. Bring back chain gangs, tents and cots and bad food. Either that, or get serious about retraining and job placement.


Lets start by getting rid of the incompetent leadership in California and DC starting with the Brown factor followed by Feinstein, Capps, Boxer, Pelosi and Reid.


Got it. Who would you suggest that you replace them with? Just any old Republican?


I’ll be darned….both Hispanic males.


Good job Paso PD.


All that’s missing are the face tattoos.


Good job! Could these guys also be responsible for other construction equipment thefts around the county? Thefts this brazen demonstrate considerable experience.Nail these guys!


Some people just can’t walk a straight line.


Chain gang!!! They are so into construction tools put them to work!


I wonder what percentage of the population actually commits crimes. I would venture that it is pretty small because the same people do the crimes again and again.

Do any of these articles ever say, the perpetrator has no past criminal record?


Notice how many are in possession or under the influence when they’re popped?


Tools of the trade.


Well, roll out the “he profiles people” crowd but I’d bet this sharp officer just knew that they were up to no good (clean wife beater shirts on 88# frames?) and just needed to scan their vehicle for about five seconds to develop probable cause. Good pop as Malloy used to say on Adam-12.


Good work Paso. Two more drug addicted thieves headed back to the pen where they’ll be more comfortable and working men get their tools back.


Likely back to the pen for a few days, then released to do all again, thank you Governor Brown.


While the Gov is responsible for a lot of foolishness, this revolving jail door is courtesy of the judge who ordered realignment and the voters who voted for prop 47, essentially decriminalized drug possession.