Man in crash found, held on other charges

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comSeptember 5, 2013 

Locating a hit and run suspect led to an arrest for theft Sunday, according to police.

The Los Banos Police Department responded to a non-injury traffic collision in the 700 Block of Woodbury Court at 12:10 p.m. The driver, Jose De Luna, 31, believed to have caused the accident, left the scene before officers arrived, police said.

Police said later in the day, Sgt. Jesse Ceja recognized De Luna driving a different vehicle in the 200 block of West I Street. Ceja stopped De Luna's vehicle.

Police said a records check showed De Luna had an arrest warrant in Morgan Hill for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Police said Ceja noticed there were several Honda car parts inside the car, including doors, a steering column and other miscellaneous parts De Luna reportedly said he removed from a stolen vehicle.

The parts were identified as belonging to a Honda Civic, which was reported stolen from the 500 block of Fairmont Drive on July 22, police said.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for De Luna's residence in the 800 Block of La Cresta Court. Several other parts from the stolen vehicle were found, police said.

De Luna was placed under arrest on suspicion of driving without a driver license, leaving the scene of a traffic collision, possession of stolen property, vehicle theft and the arrest warrant.

De Luna is being held without bail at the John Latorraca Correctional Facility.

"Sergeant Ceja did an outstanding job locating this suspect and recovering those stolen parts. We are investigating whether the suspect was involved in other vehicle thefts in the Los Banos area," said Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr.

Enterprise Reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or cpride@losbanosenterprise.com.

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