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Search for auto theft suspect prompted Arroyo Grande middle school lockdown

Posted at 3:08 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 21:21:04-04

UPDATE (3 p.m.) – A man arrested Thursday morning near the Village of Arroyo Grande was wanted for auto theft and being a felon in possession of ammunition, according to police.

At about 9:30 a.m., investigators from the San Luis Obispo Police Department, the San Luis Obispo County Auto Theft Task Force, and the Arroyo Grande Police Department responded to a home on Stanley Ave. in Arroyo Grande where they believed Dalton Lee Cross, 28, was staying.

Police say Cross ran from investigators through the Arroyo Grande Creek and into several backyards.

Officers eventually caught up with Cross on nearby Garden St. and he was taken into custody, according to police.

Dalton Lee Cross


Investigators say they searched the home where Cross had been staying and found two vehicles that were reported stolen from San Luis Obispo on May 22. A third stolen vehicle police say was connected to Cross was recovered in the City of San Luis Obispo.

Police say they also found other stolen property in the home.

Nearby Paulding Middle School was placed on a brief lockdown while police searched for Cross.


UPDATE (10:20 a.m.) – Arroyo Grande Police say the lockdown has been lifted and the suspect has been taken into custody.


(10 a.m.) – Paulding Middle School in Arroyo Grande was placed on a temporary lockdown Thursday morning.

Arroyo Grande Police say the lockdown was precautionary while authorities looked for a suspect with warrants in the area of the school, which is located in the 600 block of Crown Hill Street.

As of 9:50 a.m., police say the suspect had been detained and the lockdown would be lifted shortly.

This is a developing story and will be updated when new information becomes available.