A pair of Tehachapi probationers, including a man that led Tehachapi police officers on a high speed Thanksgiving Day pursuit are in custody after barricading themselves in an apartment in the 600 block of Linden Court on Dec. 21.
Following leads and evidence related to several area thefts, officers began a search that led them to the apartment where Frederico Sanchez Garcia Jr. and Julie Anne Betancourt refused to answer the door.
After a forcing their way inside and into a bedroom were the pair were hiding, officers found additional evidence, including a stolen bowling ball, linking the suspects to a Dec. 15 vehicle burglary on Pauley Court.
Garcia Jr., 35, was booked into Kern County Jail on charges of burglary, conspiracy, unauthorized use of person's identification and theft/use of account card info.
He was also booked on three outstanding warrants totaling $45,000 that included two charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, two counts of resisting an officer and failure to appear.
Betancourt, 32, was booked into Kern County Jail on charges of burglary, conspiracy, unauthorized use of person's identification, theft/use of account card info and petty theft.
The chain of events that led to the pairs arrest began on Dec. 19 when Tehachapi police officers took a report on a theft from a vehicle in the 800 block of Elm Street.
Among the items taken from the vehicle were a credit card and an ATM/Debit card, which the victim reported had already been used at three locations in Tehachapi.
After interviewing employees and collecting evidence of the transactions, including video surveillance, the officers recognized the suspects and began their search.