Martinez police arrested two men Friday night after police officers spotted them dismantling a stolen vehicle while they were responding to a fire at an apartment complex in the city. Shortly after 11:35 p.m. Friday, the officers responded to a report of a fire at the Lotus Apartments, located at 3979 Alhambra Ave., according to police. Fire crews had also responded to and extinguished the blaze, which was in the building’s downstairs office and mailroom area. Residents of the apartment building contained the fire using hoses and fire extinguishers, police said. Fire investigators began conducting an arson investigation, and while assisting with the investigation, the police officers spotted two men in the parking lot who were in the process of dismantling a stolen vehicle, according to police. A 28-year-old man who lived at the apartment complex was taken into custody for possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and possession of a controlled substance, police said. A 34 year old Vallejo resident was also arrested. The suspect was taken into custody for possession of burglary tools and violation of probation. Both suspects were booked into county jail in Martinez. The partially dismantled vehicle was returned to the owner at the scene. The suspects had already placed the stolen vehicle’s wheels on a second vehicle, and the second vehicle was impounded as evidence, according to police.
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