Suspects pick wrong time to return
Two suspects in a truck stop burglary were arrested after returning to the scene of the crime two weeks later — while California Highway Patrol officers were eating at the business, Salinas police said.
On Dec. 31, a man broke a glass case at the Pilot Truck Stop at 950 Work St. and stole several high-priced items. A week later, police said, a woman tried to return some of the items for a refund.
About 10:40 p.m. Monday, the pair returned to the truck stop and were recognized by employees. The workers alerted the CHP officers, who detained them until Salinas police arrived.
Arrested were John Cava, 40, and Penny Ruiz, 47, police said. Ruiz, who had an outstanding warrant from San Luis Obispo County, also was found with methamphetamine, police said.
Cava was booked into Monterey County Jail on a burglary charge, and Ruiz on charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.
Man suspected of firing gun at mall
The man suspected of firing two rounds from a shotgun at Northridge Mall on Sunday has been arrested, Salinas police said.
Carlos Quezada, 32, was arrested Tuesday outside his home in Hollister after undercover surveillance by Salinas police and a multi-jurisdictional task force in San Benito County.
Quezada was booked into Monterey County Jail on felony firearms and gang-related charges.
Police said Quezada fired the
Police issued a nationwide crime alert for Rivas, who is at large and is considered armed and dangerous. The Suzuki is a four-door hatchback and has California license plate 5UKB755.
Police said anyone with information to call 758-7321, 758-7250 or the anonymous tip line at 775-4222.
Loiterer puts school on lockdown
The Monterey Bay Charter School in Pacific Grove was put on lockdown early Tuesday after an unknown man dressed in camouflage "frantically" knocked on a classroom door, police said.
The man is still at large after police searched the area around the school at 1004 David Ave.
The school's staff said he was about 19 years old, had a stocky build, scruffy orange beard and wore a camouflage jacket and beanie.
Police said the man had been loitering near the school for about one hour.
The lockdown, which began about 9:30 a.m., was lifted after about 30 minutes.
Residential blaze causes $100,000 in damages
Fire damaged the ceiling and roof of a single-family home on the first block of St. Brendan Way about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, a fire official said.
The fire was about 30 percent involved when firefighters arrived and was knocked down in about 20 minutes, the official said.
No one was home at the time. Damage was estimated at $100,000.
The cause is under investigation.
Worker hit in face with sledgehammer
A car lot employee was hit in the face with a sledgehammer by a man who was upset about a vehicle that was blocking the driveway of a residence next door, Salinas police said.
About 5:15 p.m. Monday, the man — who did not live at the house and was unknown to the residents, police said — told employees of Primo Auto Sales at 714 E. Market St. to move the vehicle or he would start smashing windows. He began to argue with two workers who came out to move the vehicle, and hit the 36-year-old victim on the right side of the face with the sledgehammer, leaving a large bump, police said.
The victim grabbed the sledgehammer from the attacker, who then punched him, resulting in a cut above his eye and nose, police said.
The man fled in a light blue Volkswagen Passat.
Suspect arrested on arms, drug charges
A Castroville man was arrested Monday by Monterey County Sheriff's deputies after he was allegedly found to be in possession of cocaine and seven firearms.
Humberto Vasquez, 23, was contacted by deputies about 11:20 p.m. after he was seen wearing gang apparel at a bar in the 10600 block of Merritt Street, the sheriff's office said.
Vasquez provided identification, but fled the scene, deputies said. A records check revealed he was on probation and had been ordered not to drink alcohol.
A .357-caliber revolver was found on the floorboard of a vehicle in the parking lot registered to Vasquez, who was found trying to hide two blocks away, deputies said.
Vasquez attempted to flee, but was chased down and taken into custody, deputies said.
Deputies said they found two bindles of cocaine and another pistol in Vasquez's vehicle, and a search of his home revealed a narcotics scale, gang paraphernalia and five more guns, including a rifle and a shotgun.
The suspect was booked into Monterey County Jail in lieu of $80,000 bail.