Teen arrested in South County theft case
January 12, 2016
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.