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Teens Steal Landscaping Truck, Arrested After Crash

The three young men were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and gang participation.

Parents picking up their children from Landmark Elementary School got startled Monday afternoon when a police chase ended not far from the school.

Three young men allegedly stole a landscaping truck and got into a hit-and-run crash before they were stopped by police officers on Ohlone Parkway near Kingfisher Drive, according to Watsonville police.

Augustine Miramondes, 19, and Ronald Saldivar and Ernesto Murillo, both 18, were arrested on suspicion of car theft and gang particiation. The driver, Miramondes, also was booked on suspicion of hit and run, police said.

The incident began just after 2 p.m. when cops were called to a hit-and-run crash on Freedom Boulevard near Stanford Avenue. An officer followed the vehicle suspected of fleeing the collision. The chase went past Clifford Avenue and Main Street and onto Ohlone, police said.

The truck was stopped at Kingfisher just as the owner of the truck called 9-1-1 to report it stolen, police said.

Officers, including a parking control officer, converged on the area to detain the men.

One Watsonville Patch reader reported via the Patch Facebook page: "I just picked my kids up from school, and turned out of the parking lot to see about 6 cops cars, 1 motorcycle cop, parking enforcement, and 3 guys sitting on the ground, here on Ohlone Parkway. As I get to the light, they block off the road and 2 more cops cars go toward the commotion."

The men were booked into County Jail.

David H. Perez August 28, 2012 at 10:45 PM
@sabryeena - I never said that I thought the actions of these young men were the fault of their parents. These men are adults and will be required to stand accountable and liable for their own actions, as they should be. What I wonder about, though, is why the man you know was not going to school and working to better himself instead of hanging out with a bunch of losers committing crimes - especially if he had such good parents who taught him good values.
David H. Perez August 29, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Clarissa, this IS my own damned business when this kind of crime is being committed in the community I live in. Next time it could be my property or my neighbor's that gets stolen or vandalized by these type of punks. By the way, if you want anyone to take your comments seriously, you might do well to learn to write and use proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Cathy P. August 29, 2012 at 03:19 PM
@Clarissa: so, according to your way of thinking, everyone is entitled to their own opinions only if those opinions are positive, correct? Sorry, the rest of your "opinion" isn't understandable, want to try again (?)
Mageztyp August 29, 2012 at 03:36 PM
@Don. I agree with you.
Paul G.. December 13, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Wow, you really like to stick up for the gang members don't ya?

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