The Hollister Police Department in February arrested a 16-year-old juvenile on suspicion of possessing a stolen car and stolen property.
On Feb. 10, police investigated a report of a stolen vehicle. The car was taken earlier in the day by an unknown suspect from a residence on Miller Road. An officer took the report and had the vehicle entered into a nationwide stolen vehicle database.
Later that afternoon, Officer Yamamoto spotted a vehicle that matched the description of the stolen car on West Street. He noticed the vehicle’s license plates had been removed and he attempted to make an enforcement stop on the car. The driver did not yield to the lights and siren and he proceeded to pass other vehicles on Locust Avenue at a high rate of speed. The driver eventually stopped the car at the intersection of Buena Vista Road and Locust Avenue.
The vehicle was confirmed as the same car that had previously been reported stolen. Officers also found marijuana in the car. The driver was identified as a 16 year old juvenile from Hollister. A passenger was initially detained but later released at the scene.
During the investigation it was noted the driver had been wearing clothing of a particular expensive brand. Sergeant Michael Paddy recalled a previous report of over $3,000 in clothing stolen from a vehicle on A Street on February 7th. The stolen clothing was the same brand as the clothing being worn by the juvenile during the arrest.
Hollister Police Officers then obtained a search warrant for the juvenile’s home on Suiter Street. Officers executed the search warrant and found several items of clothing that matched the description of the stolen property.
The juvenile was booked at the San Benito County Juvenile Hall for possession of stolen property, evading police, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of marijuana
Anyone with information regarding these investigations is requested to contact Officer Yamamoto at The Hollister Police Department at 831-638-4115. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.