University Police Arrest Two for Suspected Auto Theft


University Police Arrest Two for Suspected Auto Theft
University Police credit a Good Samaritan who called the department to report suspicious activity in the parking lot.

A Pico Rivera man is facing charges of attempted vehicle theft, as well as a charge of receiving stolen property, after he was arrested by Cal Poly Pomona police on April 26.

The Los Angeles District Attorneys Office in Pomona combined the Cal Poly Pomona case with other open cases submitted by the areas Task Force for Regional Auto Theft Prevention, a multi-agency law enforcement team.

With the additional charges, 41-year-old Fernando Ruiz will be prosecuted for an additional five felony grand theft counts. His suspected accomplice in the Cal Poly Pomona case, Carol Hernandez, 47, of Pico Rivera, was charged with one count of attempted auto theft.

University Police credit a Good Samaritan who called police about 2:40 p.m. after seeing suspicious activity by two people who double parked next to a motorcycle.

His assistance helped prevent this crime, said Lt. Dan Ponder. By quickly reporting the incident, he helped our officers respond immediately to begin a thorough investigation.

If anyone sees suspicious criminal activity, they can call 911 or the university police department at (909) 869-3070. Emergency 911 calls made on cell phones are initially directed to the California Highway Patrol. In addition, an anonymous tip line is available at (909) 869-3399.