A resident's report early this morning of a suspicious looking man in a Granite Bay neighborhood led to arrests in connection with a series of burglaries that have occurred in the community over the past week.
At 5:18 a.m., A Placer County sheriff's deputy responded to the resident's call and found Felipe Castro, 49, next to a vehicle near Auburn Folsom Rod and Eden Roc Drive. Deputies spoke with Castro but had no reason to detain him, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Deputies continued to watch the vehicle, however, believing it might be related to the recent burglaries.
A short time later, Joshua Michael Lowe (pictured), 31, got into the vehicle and drove off with Castro, sheriff's officials said. Deputies pulled over the vehicle and found Lowe, the vehicle's registered owner, in possession of methamphetamine and stolen stereo equipment, sheriff's officials said. As deputies were talking to Lowe and Castro, the Sheriff's Department received more reports of vehicle burglaries in the area.
Sheriff's officials said three Granite Bay neighborhoods were hit by thieves over the past week, including the area of Joe Rodgers Road and Ebony Oaks Place. Then Sunday night and early Monday morning, seven cars and one garage were entered in the Walden Woods subdivision. Many of the targeted vehicles were unlocked, and wallets and cash were taken.
Lowe was booked into Placer Cuonty Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Sheriff's officials said he was a parolee at large and is being held without bail.
Castro was booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property and conspiracy.
Sheriff's officials urge residents to always lock their vehicles and to avoid leaving possessions or valuables in their cars.