Dumb Car Thieves

By: AP
By: AP

If you're going to steal a gas station employee's car, don't come back an hour later to get a fill-up.

Investigators say that bit of logic escaped Artemio Castillo and Ernesto Garcia who were arrested near the Parade gas station.

Employee Pam Pease says she noticed a familiar car pull up. It was her own car with a missing hubcap. She had reported it stolen less than an hour earlier.

Another attendant, Vince Nguyen, recognized the suspects as the men who had asked him for a ride to Mississippi as he arrived at work shortly before Pease noticed her car was missing.

Pease says Nguyen asked the men in Spanish why they had returned and they replied that they needed gas. Then, they called the police.

The suspects fled on foot, but two Escambia County sheriff's deputies and a police dog were able to catch the pair.

The suspects remain at the county jail on grand theft auto and resisting arrest charges. Bond is set at $7,500 for each.


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