Santa Monica police arrested four suspects in an auto burglary and attempted auto theft using assistance from their police helicopter Saturday, September 4th.
At approximately 12:47 a.m., police responded to the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Pacific Avenue regarding an auto theft in progress.
Suspects broke the window of a parked sport utility vehicle, stole stereo equipment and attempted to steal the vehicle, police allege.
While ground units in the area were responding to the incident, police officers in an Air 65 helicopter arrived over the location and saw the suspects flee the scene in their vehicle.
Air 65 followed the suspects” vehicle and directed ground units to its location.
The suspects” vehicle stopped at Lincoln Boulevard and Grant Street, where police were able to make a high-risk stop.
The helicopter remained overhead — in case the suspects attempted to flee on foot — until the suspects were safely taken into custody.
Police officials believe the presence of the helicopter deterred the suspects from fleeing in their vehicle or on foot into the nearby residential neighborhood.
One suspect is identified as Antonio Orozco of Los Angeles. He was booked for auto burglary, attempted car theft and violation of felony probation. He has no bail.
The second suspect is identified as Felix Rangel of Los Angeles. He was booked for auto burglary, attempted car theft and violation of felony probation. He has no bail.
A third is identified as John Daniel Rangel from Los Angeles. He was booked for auto burglary and attempted car theft. His bail was set at $20,000.
The fourth suspect is described as a male juvenile.
The stolen stereo equipment was recovered.
Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to call the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.