Transient sleeping in stolen car is arrested

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

An alleged car thief caught sleeping in a stolen vehicle was arrested Wednesday, police said.

James Daniel Spencer, 21, had parked in a shopping center parking lot in the 27400 block of Lugonia Avenue and was asleep in the car’s backseat when Redlands police arrested him at about 1:30 a.m., police said.

The Hyundai Sonata was stolen Dec. 27 from another downtown Redlands parking lot. Spencer was arrested on suspicion of car theft, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.