Two men were arrested Wednesday night after parking their stolen car directly in front of the Fresno Police Department’s southwest district station, said Sgt. Mike Manfredi.
After allegedly stealing a 2009 Toytota Corolla in Hanford, driver Dustin Lee, 27, and passenger Gabriel Martinez, 20, drove to Fresno where they pulled into the Food Maxx at Fresno and C streets, which shares a parking lot with the police station.
Manfredi said the two parked the stolen car in front of three parked police cars and went inside to buy a soda. A patrol officer ran the plate, knowing the type of car is commonly stolen, and found it to be reported stolen in Hanford.
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Lee and Martinez were arrested as they left the store. Officers found Lee was on probation for a prior incident where he stole a car and led officers on a high-speed chase. Both Martinez and Lee were booked on suspicion of auto theft and stolen property, Manfredi said.