Juan Pablo Garcia, 18, of Sacramento, was part of a large group of out-of-town youth who were transported to the Auburn area and dropped off in several neighborhoods to sell Kirby vacuums and carpet cleaning services.
After knocking on a door on Jeremiah Drive, Garcia told deputies that he noticed a car with an open window and unlocked door. He reached inside and took a wallet and cell phone. The car’s owner was visiting the Jeremiah Drive home and saw Garcia take the items and he gave chase.
Placer County Sheriff’s deputies responded and searched the area for Garcia, to no avail. A short time later, a deputy pulled over a van and found a passenger who matched Garcia’s description. The victim’s wallet was recovered.
The victim was able to identify Garcia as the suspect. Garcia was arrested on a charge of grand theft and booked at the Placer County Jail. He was released Wednesday afternoon after posting $5,000 bail.
Recently, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department has seen an increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles. Residents are reminded to keep their vehicles locked and to remove valuables from their cars.