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Benicia Police Department
Tuesday October 12th, 2010 :: 04:51 p.m. PDT


Alert Citizen Tips Off Benicia Police to Auto Theft Suspects

An alert neighbor's call to the Benicia Police Department thwarted the theft of a local residents car and resulted in the arrest of a wanted parolee and another suspect early Tuesday morning. "Once again, a citizen provided the call that helped the police stop another crime in progress," Benicia Police Lt. Mike Daley said.

Shortly after midnight, Benicia Police received a report that two subjects were trying to break in or steal a car on the 100 block of Carlisle Way. Responding officers spotted one of the suspects around the corner on the 100 block of Banbury Way. That subject, 27 year old Adam Evans from El Sobrante, was near a 1990 Acura Integra that had been reported stolen from the Hilltop Mall in Richmond on Sunday (10/110/2010). It was also determined that Evans was on parole for auto theft and was wanted as a Parolee at Large. He was arrested without incident.

Additional officers responded to the a residence on the 100 block of Carlisle Way and found 30 year old Jason Vigil, a transient from Contra Costa County, sitting in the drivers seat of a Chevy parked in the driveway. The vehicle belonged to the Carlisle Way resident. Vigil was also arrested at the scene.

"We believe the suspects drove to Benicia in the stolen car from Richmond to steal another car. Neither suspect provided a statement as to why they were in Benicia," Lt. Daley said. "As with many other crimes involving thefts or burglaries, out of town criminals target our city. We're fortunate to have citizens who are willing to call us when they see something suspicious. The dispatchers who took the call and the officers who responded did an excellent job catching these two suspects."

Both suspects were booked into the Solano County Jail in Fairfield. Vigil was booked for the stolen vehicle from Richmond, attempting to steal the Benicia vehicle, conspiracy to commit a felony, possession of a burglary tool used to steal vehicles (a shaved key to use in the ignition) and possession of methamphetamine (found on Vigil after his arrest). Evans was booked for an outstanding warrant for being a wanted parolee and on the Benicia charges of vehicle theft for the Richmond vehicle, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

For information on this release, please contact Lt. Michael Daley at (707)590-4259 or via email.

Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-745-3411

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