Two held in Los Banos auto theft

Staff reportsJanuary 3, 2013 

Los Banos Police arrested two people on Dec. 28 in a stolen Honda.

Sgt. Brent Torongo spotted the green Honda Accord being driven without its headlights in a parking lot around 2:58 a.m.

The officer, on patrol in the 100 block of Pacheco Boulevard, followed the Honda and confirmed that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Los Banos on Dec. 27.

According to police, driver Daniel Huerta, 23, and passenger Crystal Wood, 27, both of Los Banos, were placed under arrest.

"We will be investigating what other activities these individuals were up to that evening before being arrested," Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. said. "It's possible they were involved in other thefts."

Huerta and Wood are in custody at the Los Banos Police Department Jail pending $50,000 bail. They are held on suspicion of possession of stolen property and vehicle theft.

The vehicle had minor damage and will be returned to the registered owner, police said.

To leave a tip, call (209) 827-7070, ext. 288, or go to the Police Department's Web page, www.losbanos.org. At the bottom of the "Contact" page, click on the "report graffiti and other crime" link.

-- Thaddeus Miller

— Thaddeus Miller

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