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Recovered Stolen Vehicle and Arrests
updated: Dec 01, 2012, 12:18 PM

Source: Ventura Police Department

Incident: Recovered Stolen Vehicle and Arrests

Location: 10900 Block of Telegraph Rd.

Date/Time Occurred: 11/30/12 @ 1847 hrs

Officer(s) Involved: VPD Patrol

Victim(s): Ventura Resident

Suspect(s): #1 Andrew Coombes, 23 yrs, Ventura Resident #2 Leah Grider, 22 yrs, Ventura Resident

Report #: 12-14294


On 11/30/12, at approximately 1253 hrs, the Ventura Police Command Center received a call from the victim reporting that her vehicle had just been stolen from the parking lot of the Ventura Aquatic Center in the 900 block of Kimball Rd. The investigation revealed the victim had lost her keys while running in the park and when she returned to her vehicle, she saw the unknown suspect fleeing in the vehicle. Officers responded to the area, but were unable to locate the stolen vehicle.

The victim's vehicle was found to be equipped with a LoJack stolen vehicle recovery system, which was activated shortly after the vehicle had been stolen. Several hours later, officers driving patrol units equipped with LoJack locators, found the unoccupied vehicle parked in 10400 block of Tulsa Ave.

At approximately 1847 hours, Coombes was seen by officers getting into the vehicle, driving off and picking up Grider as a passenger. Officers followed the vehicle to where Coombes pulled in the parking lot of a business in the 10900 block of Telegraph rd. and fled on foot from the vehicle. After a brief foot pursuit, Coombes was taken into custody without further incident. Grider was detained near the vehicle.

After being identified by the victim, Coombes was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail for vehicle theft, resisting arrest, possession of narcotic paraphernalia and warrants. Grider was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail for vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. There were no injuries as a result of the incident.


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