STANTON – Car trouble helped land a man in jail when the 23-year-old was not able to start his car after being accused of stealing from a CVS, authorities said.
The man was still sitting in the parking lot Monday trying to start his car when deputies arrived, said Lt. Roland Chacon of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The deputies were called at 2:18 p.m. to a CVS at the 1200 block of Beach Boulevard after receiving reports that a man grabbed several items from the shelves and ran, Chacon said.
“He was seen getting into a vehicle and apparently had trouble starting it,” he said.
When deputies arrived, Louie Melendrez was still sitting inside the car and refused to get out, Chacon said. Deputies were able to take the man out of the vehicle without incident.
Deputies found in the vehicle multiple items suspected of being stolen from the CVS, Chacon said.
Melendrez is in Men’s Central Jail and was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.