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Santa Barbara Police arrest auto theft suspects

Both suspects are 18 years old
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Posted at 2:57 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 17:57:55-05

The Santa Barbara Police Department has arrested two suspects in connection with an auto theft incident.

According to police, a Santa Barbara resident reported their Subaru Outback was stolen from the 300 block of W. Padre Street on February 6. The keys were reportedly left inside the vehicle.

The car was equipped with a STARLINK tracking system which police say allowed them to identify the vehicle's location in the 100 block of S. Turnpike Road in Goleta.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies were then dispatched to the area and located the occupied vehicle.

Police say the deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver fled.

The vehicle was abandoned on La Buena Tierra in Goleta and police say the four occupants ran away. Deputies searched the area and were able to apprehend two juvenile suspects.

Authorities say they were able to identify the remaining two suspects as Carlos Manuel Rivera-Buenrostro, 18, and Carlos Gabriel Barajas, 18.

Barajas was located and arrested by the Santa Barbara Police Department on Feb. 20 and Rivera-Buenrostro was located and arrested on Feb. 28 by the SBPD Special Enforcement Team.

Both suspects were arrested for charges related to the stolen vehicle and pursuit.