KING CITY — A pair of King City residents have been arrested for vehicle theft on Thursday.
According to the King City Police, officers responded to a report of a vehicle that had been stolen within the last 10 minutes on Sept. 23 at about 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of South Third Street. Police said the vehicle was left unattended, parked and running while the owner went into a local business in the area.
While officers were contacting the vehicle owner to take the report, another officer spotted the vehicle driving in the area of Division and South Second streets.
The driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Osvaldo Ruiz, spotted the police vehicle and quickly turned onto Carlson Street, where he and his passenger, 23-year-old Francisco Sandoval, exited the vehicle and began to walk away.
Both were subsequently arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail for vehicle theft.
“The police department wants to remind the community to not leave your vehicles running while unattended,” police said in a news release.