LAKE ELSINORE – A random license plate check in Lake Elsinore led to the arrest of two alleged car thieves, a sergeant said today.
A sheriff’s deputy on patrol early Friday spotted a Toyota pickup truck at a Central Avenue gas station and ran a plate check. Records showed the vehicle had been reported stolen in Menifee, Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. David Cardoza said.
The pickup was stopped, and two suspects ran behind a nearby LA Fitness health club as the deputy approached them. A perimeter was set up and the men were found hiding behind a retainer wall at the intersection of Dexter Avenue and Third Street, Cardoza said.
Rodney Rice, 21, of Canyon Lake, and Edward ”Ricky” Parks, 47, a parolee, were arrested for suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and other violations.