Barstow, CA: Man arrested for automobile theft.

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Barstow, CA: Man arrested for automobile theft.

According to the Barstow Police Department, at about 8:28am PT on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, Officer Silva responded to a call for service regarding a report of an automobile theft at B.E.S.T. Opportunities, located at 120 Cal Avenue in Barstow, California.

Officer Silva arrived on scene and learned that when the B.E.S.T. Opportunities employees arrived to work they found that one of their fifteen passenger vans was missing from their lot.

Officer Silva reviewed the businesses surveillance video and observed the theft.

Officer Silva saw a male subject approach the van, gain entry, and drive away in it.

As Officer Silva reviewed the video, he recognized the male subject from prior police contacts and positively identified him as 43 year old Gabriel Tafoya, HMA, from Barstow, California.

Officer Silva broadcast the suspect and vehicle information to the officers and began searching for the stolen vehicle.

At approximately 11:02am PT, Officer Silva located the stolen vehicle parked, unoccupied, behind Vons, located at 1270 East Main Street in Barstow, California.

Officers searched the surrounding area for Gabriel Tafoya but did not locate him.

Barstow Police Department Evidence Technicians processed the vehicle for evidence and Officer Silva released the vehicle to an employee of B.E.S.T. Opportunities.

At approximately 3:00pm PT, Sergeant Bledsoe observed Gabriel Tafoya walking on the 200 block of East Main Street in Barstow, California.

Sergeant Bledsoe stopped Gabriel Tafoya and placed him under arrest for VC 10851(a): Automobile Theft.

During the contact with Gabriel Tafoya, Sergeant Bledsoe obtained additional evidence linking him to the stolen vehicle.

Gabriel Tafoya was booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s High Desert Detention Center Jail in Adelanto, California.

Anybody with information regarding this investigation can contact Officer Joseph Silva at: 1 (760) 256-2211.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can also report criminal activity by calling the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline website at:

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