Teen arrested in South County theft case

January 12, 2016
Brody Cole Gilbert

Brody Cole Gilbert

A teen was allegedly prowling around a Grover Beach resident’s car around 3:30 a.m. Monday. Officers responded, tracked down three suspects and found property that had recently been stolen from South County vehicles, according to Grover Beach police.

At 3:34 a.m. a Grover Beach man reported to police that he chased away a suspicious person who was prowling around his car. The vehicle was parked in the man’s driveway on Angello Terrace.

When police responded, officers found three teenage males a block away near the N. 12th Street and Ritchie Road. Two of the suspects were 18 years old and one was 17.

Officers detained the three teens and found a vehicle nearby that belonged to one of them. Police searched the car and determined it contained property that had recently been stolen from vehicles in Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach.

Police arrested both of the 18-year-old suspects. Officers booked Arroyo Grande resident Brody Cole Gilbert in San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

Gilbert remains in jail with bail set at $15,000. His charges include possession of a controlled substance for sale and violation of probation, according to the county sheriff’s office website.

Grover Beach police charged Vincent Vega, also of Arroyo Grande, solely with possession of a controlled substance. Officers cited and released Vega.

Police released the 17-year-old suspect to his father. A police department news release did not state whether or not the juvenile faces charges.

Grover Beach officers are currently working with the Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach police departments to return the stolen property to the rightful owners. Police request that Five Cities area residents file a theft report with local law enforcement if they had property disappear from their vehicles over the weekend.

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I am not a big fan of mandatory rehab. A person has to want help. Making them go, in place of a jail sentence does not work. In fact, jail sentences generally don’t work either. Not that I have solid answers.

And tictac is 100% right. Rehab does not work. There is something inherently wrong with anyone that does meth. Even a ‘little’ meth. I call it psychotic. And meth causes permanent brain damage. Probably why Kern Co. is a Republican stronghold.

It almost seems as if the “authorities” don’t want people to STOP having access to meth. In my neighborhood, we know exactly who it is using & dealing, but somehow it is completely missed by LEO’s. As far as crime & juveniles, it seems no matter what the crime, the police pretty much let them right back on the streets because of “space issues” at ANY juvenile lock up in ANY county. I’ve often wondered why. #1) lawyers are a huge part of it. And #2) job security. I mean, if the police do a good job, we talk talking about reduction of staff. When things are, lets say, a bit crazy, then we demand more LEO’s, and more funding. Kind of like that evil Kern Co. Fireman that went up & down Hwy. 99 starting fires…..so HE could investigate the fire & be a hero.

These poor parents are in hell. tictac1 is right rehab is a good start but most times does not work the first 2-3-4- maybe by the 5th time. That is if you are lucky enough to have to resources to get them in one in the first place. We are in big trouble as a community. Forget about wringing your hands over pot. We have a huge heroin and meth problem.

Hate to break it to ya, but rehab doesn’t work for most people. Most rehabs are simply a device to get people that are hooked on ILLEGAL drugs hooked on LEGAL drugs, i.e. heroin to methadone. This is a cash cow for everyone involved, except the addict.

Kids get into drugs because their lives are empty of meaning. Their parents aren’t involved in their life, not really. Ship ’em out every morning to government schools, where drugs are easy to get, where teachers treat them like an inconvenience to their Starbucks runs, and the curriculum revolves around the “get an education, become a cog in the machine” mantra.

Of course, most people will not admit this, so, yes, be prepared for many more to choose this dead end. I’ve personally seen several parents acknowledge that the schools their kids are in are little better than prisons, yet keep taking them there.

YOU are the most important teacher your child will EVER know, for better or worse. You might see some change, if parents ever accept responsibility for their child’s upbringing, rather than pawning it off on strangers.

I wouldn’t let a public school teacher train my dog, let alone my child.

A lot depends on the child. Many go through public schools and do well.

A private education is certainly no guarantee of avoiding drugs, alcohol, pregnancy, etc.

I’ve known parents who have pulled their kids from St. Joe’s and sent them to public school. If they’re looking for it, they WILL find it, especially with social media playing such a large role in their lives.

We couldn’t build a big enough Rehab. Maybe we could start with the old Paso Boy’s School that has been just sitting wasting away when it could have been used as a homeless shelter, rehab center, etc. Again, government waste at its best…

Well then, what’s your suggestion? Pay now or pay a whole lot throughout the years? We can’t seem to keep the meth and heroin away from the kids. It’s easy to assign these kids the degenerate label, but in reality, they’re most likely addicted to drugs. Already at 17/18. What a waste.

A lot of these kids start out on pain pills.

Norco, Vicodin, OxyContin, etc. They add Xanax for fun. But pretty soon they cannot afford the medication, and get on heroin because it is cheaper.

Rehab isn’t cheap, and patients have to want help. I agree with you though that this is a huge problem, and treatment early on is needed.

These youth can go through prop 36 or drug court, but it doesn’t seem to help a lot of them and they end up in jail anyway. Sad.

“Grover Beach police charged Vincent Vega…”

Vincent Vega? You’re kidding, right?

“Possession of Controlled Substances”

There needs to be mandatory rehab facilities for drug users. Especially for kids.

I hope the parents don’t think they are lucky if the kids just get probation. Even if it was just a tiny bit, your kids need rehab. tick-tock