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Armed tenant in Nuevo helps thwart car battery theft


Last updated 11/4/2018 at 2:52pm

NUEVO - An attempt to steal a car battery in Nuevo on Saturday, Nov. 3 went bad when the suspects' getaway vehicle crashed into a fence, and one suspected thief was held at gunpoint until deputies arrived, deputies said.

But two others escaped into the night.

It began with a trespassing call at 10:49 p.m. from person at a 15-acre property in the 29000 block of Central Avenue, Riverside County sheriff's officials said.

A resident saw a vehicle he did not recognize pull onto the property, but when he went out to go look for it, he could not spot it, Deputy Robyn Flores said.

Later that night, as the resident returned home, he saw three people in a Mazda 6 try to flee the property by ramming the car through a fence, but the vehicle became disabled, she said.

Two of the three people in the car ran into the night and escaped.

The third person was held at gunpoint at the scene by a resident until law enforcement showed up, according to a California Highway Patrol incident log.

That suspect was eventually arrested by deputies for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and could also be booked into jail on suspicion of trespassing, according to Flores.

When deputies searched the stuck getaway vehicle, they found stolen car batteries, she said.


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