2 Bakersfield suspects arrested for stolen vehicle, possible involvement in burglaries

Arrests made after car chase

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

Two suspects were arrested following a car chase, according to deputies.

On March 25, at about 12:00 p.m., deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office went to Panorama Drive regarding a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle used in recent burglaries in Bakersfield.

Deputies initiated an investigative stop and made contact with the occupants of the vehicle. 

During the stop, deputies said the vehicle fled from deputies.  Deputies said they then pursued the vehicle. 

The vehicle fled recklessly at a high rate of speed.  Deputies chased the vehicle to Amherst Street, where the vehicle stopped. 

Deputies said they were able to take the driver,40-year-old Moises Chavez, and the passenger, 18-year-old Carlos Lopez, into custody without incident.

Deputies said they discovered the vehicle Chavez was driving was reported stolen and had an altered vehicle identification plate.  Deputies found burglary tools and knives in the vehicle. 

Chavez and Lopez were arrested, according to deputies.

Chavez was booked into the Central Receiving Facility for felony evading, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a dangerous weapons, possession of burglary tools, having an altered vehicle identification plate, and providing false identification to a peace officer. 

Lopez was booked into the Central Receiving Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a dangerous weapon, and possession of burglary tools.

Chavez and Lopez’ involvement in the recent burglaries is still under investigation.

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