BARSTOW • A Barstow man suspected of stealing three local Honda Civics for parts he could use on his own car was arrested by police after a brief chase Wednesday.
Police arrested Jody Young, 19, at 10:36 a.m. Wednesday after he failed to stop when police attempted to pull him over for a code violation, said Barstow Police Lt. Albert Ramirez. Young drove erratically at high speeds on Clark Street, Third Street, and through a back lot before abandoning the 1990s model Civic he was driving in the Union Bank parking lot at 239 East Main Street. After stopping, Young attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended by police.
Ramirez said the Civic Young was driving was stolen from the Barstow Walmart parking lot and belonged to an employee, who was unaware his vehicle was missing.
Police suspect Young was involved in the theft of at least three 1990s-model Honda Civics in the Barstow area, and found property from other thefts in the stolen Civic Young was driving. Young had a Civic of his own he was working on, and would steal other Civics to take parts from and then abandon the stolen car, according to Ramirez.
The 1995 Honda Civic was the sixth most stolen vehicle in California in 2009, according to California Highway Patrol statistics, and 1990s model Honda Accords and Civics occupy 16 slots on a list of the top 20 stolen vehicles in California.
Young was booked at the Barstow Jail and charged with receiving stolen property, vehicle theft, and felony evasion of police. He was transferred to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga where he remains in lieu of $100,000 bail.
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