A 23-year-old Ventura man was arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies Monday after police reportedly tracked him using a GPS system installed in a stolen car.
The car was taken from a home in the 1500 block of Pyramid Avenue sometime between Wednesday and Saturday, while the owner was away, the Ventura Police Department reported. The block is near the Santa Clara River in east Ventura, generally east of Petit Avenue and south of Telephone Road.
A suspect or suspects entered the house during that time, taking property and car keys, along with the victim’s car, authorities said.
On Monday, after the car’s LoJack system had been activated, a Ventura police detective located the stolen vehicle. Detectives reportedly saw the suspect, Jared Alexander Russell, get into the car and drive away, according to police.
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A Ventura K-9 police dog assisted at a traffic stop where officers took Russell into custody. Authorities found stolen property from the Pyramid Avenue burglary along with methamphetamine, according to police.
Russell was arrested on suspicion of felony burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property along with misdemeanor drug violations. He also had a felony warrant.
He remained in Ventura County jail Monday night with total bail set at $90,000, jail records show.
Gretchen Wenner covers breaking news for the Ventura County Star. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-437-0270.
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