Release Date/Time: 1/15/2013 9:10 AM
Officers had initiated a burglary investigation on December 31 at the Pilot Truck Stop located in the 900 block of Work St. The investigation revealed a male suspect had gone into the business and broke a glass case and removed several high priced items. A week later, a female went back to the business and attempted to return some of the stolen items for a refund. Today both suspects again entered the truck stop and employees recognized the pair. Employees requested the assistance of several CHP officers having lunch at the business. CHP officers detained the pair until SPD officers arrived.
Penny Ruiz (47) and John Cava (40) were positively identified and both were arrested without incident. Ruiz was later found to have methamphetamine concealed on her person. In addition, she had an outstanding warrant from San Luis Obispo County.
They were transported to the county jail where Cava was booked on the burglary charge and Ruiz on charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.
Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera