Eight people have been arrested during a two-day stolen vehicle enforcement detail in Woodland.
The special enforcement operation was carried out Tuesday and Wednesday in response to a significant increase in vehicle thefts in the city over the past six weeks. From Dec. 1 through Jan. 15, 52 vehicles were stolen in Woodland, according to a Police Department news release, which noted that 32 of them were 1990s Honda Accords and Civics.
In 2012, 202 vehicles were reported stolen in the city of Woodland, a 54 percent increase over the 131 reported stolen in 2011, officials said.
In tackling the problem, Woodland police were assisted by the Sacramento County Auto Theft Suppression Task Force, consisting of officers from the California Highway Patrol, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Sacramento County Probation Department and the Yolo County District Attorney's Office; the Yolo County Probation Department; and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Auto Crimes Enforcement Detail.
The Woodland Police Department's crime analysis unit developed a map showing areas where vehicles were stolen and where they had been located, and showing the trend in the types of vehicles stolen. Officers then conducted surveillance in the areas most affected, including surveillance of stolen vehicles the officers had located.
Arrested during the two-day detail were:
Martin Guitierrez, 44, of Knights Landing, on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, possession of an illegal weapon and a misdemeanor warrant.
Eduardo Solorzano, 49, of Knights Landing, on suspicion of transporting marijuana.
Savana Wilson, 20, of Woodland, on suspicion of vehicle theft, violation of probation and two felony warrants.
Danae Morin, 30, of Woodland, on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Alyssa Chavarria, 22, of Woodland, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, violation of probation and two felony warrants.
Rosalinda Velasquez, 22, of Woodland, on suspicion of vehicle theft and three misdemeanor warrants.
Armando Casto, 26, of Woodland, on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of marijuana.
Sean Duffy, 28, of Woodland, on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and burglary tools.
All were booked into Yolo County Jail.
In addition to the eight arrests, police reported that three stolen vehicles were recovered, and approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine and 216 grams of marijuana were seized.