Lee Garay, 32, and a 15-year-old juvenile from Lancaster were arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto.
The bust happened shortly after 10 p.m. when deputies were alerted to a 2002 Dodge pickup by their patrol car’s Automated License Plate Reading System (ALPRS), said Lancaster Station Sgt. Paul Pfrehm.
The ALPRS is a computer aided system, which reads multiple license plates simultaneously, queries a national stolen vehicle database, and alerts deputies if a car is stolen or wanted.
The Dodge pickup had been reported stolen a day earlier from a west Lancaster residence, Pfrehm said.
The deputies detained Garay and the juvenile, who were sitting in a Honda parked directly behind the stolen truck. They found the truck’s ignition keys and other evidence on the duo, Pfrehm said.
A further investigation revealed the Honda had also been stolen from another area of the JetHawks stadium parking lot, Pfrehm said.
“Thanks to the ALPRS system and good police work, two auto theft suspects are off the streets of Lancaster,” Pfrehm said.
Garay was booked at the Lancaster Station on $25,000 bail. The minor was transported to a juvenile custody facility where he is being held without bail.
Lancaster Station’s Auto Theft Detail is investigating the incident.