EL MONTE -- Three people are under arrest on suspicion of stealing two luxury cars from El Monte auto dealerships during test drives.
Christopher Enriquez, 38, of Fontana, Anthony Gomez, 27, of Ontario and Yvette Zabala, 38, of El Monte were all booked on suspicion of auto theft, El Monte police Detective Ralph Batres said.
Enriquez and Gomez were also booked on suspicion of violating parole.
A Mercedes-Benz was stolen, then quickly recovered, about 9 p.m. Friday from El Monte Remate, 3235 Peck Road, by a man and woman who told a salesman they were interested in a test drive, the detective said.
"When the salesman got out of the car, they took off," he said.
"They were driven to the car lot in a 2004 Audi which was taken three days earlier in a similar incident at (A.M. Motors, 10960 Garvey Avenue) - a male and female posing as customers for a test drive," Batres said.
Just like in Friday's crime, he added, the man and woman in the Tuesday auto theft sped away in the Audi when the salesman got out of it.
The Mercedes taken Friday, however, was equipped with a vehicle anti-theft system, allowing police to track its position.
"Luckily, the Mercedes had a LoJack system equipped and one of the officers located the vehicle in the 11000 block of Klingerman Street, where we arrested (Enriquez, Gomez and Zabala)," Batres said.
Enriquez and Zabala stole the Mercedes during the test drive, Batres said, while Gomez was believed to have been driving the stolen Audi, which was parked near the Mercedes.
According to sheriff's booking records, Enriquez and Gomez were being held without bail at the El Monte Police Department's jail, while Zabala was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
They were expected to be arraigned Tuesday in El Monte Superior Court.