One of two men who were arrested today on suspicion of stealing credit cards and other items from two vehicles also was arrested for allegedly molesting an underage girl, a Benicia police lieutenant said. Robert Gregory West, 19, of Benicia, is suspected of sexually assaulting the girl between October 2012 and February of this year, Lt. Frank Hartig said.
He was the focus since April of an investigation by the Benicia Police Department’s Youth Services Bureau, Hartig said. Police found West after a resident in the 900 block of West L Street reported two suspicious males walking into a nearby apartment complex around 6:20 a.m. today, Hartig said. The two males dropped items as they fled when police arrived.
West was caught by Cpl. Mark Menesini after a brief chase in the 900 block of Military West, Hartig said. He was found in possession of a glass narcotic-smoking pipe, Hartig said. The other theft suspect, Ryan David Dees, a 23-year-old transient, was found minutes later near the intersection of West K and West Ninth streets, Hartig said. Dees was on felony probation for burglary in Solano County.
Police recovered stolen credit cards, a GPS device and other personal items that were discarded by the fleeing suspects, Hartig said. The items were stolen from two unlocked vehicles in the 1100 block of West L Street and the 1100 block of West 13th Street, Hartig said. Both West and Dees admitted their involvement in the thefts, Hartig said.
West and Dees were arrested for grand theft, possession of stolen property and criminal conspiracy, Hartig said. Dees was also arrested for violation of probation, while West also was arrested for possession of narcotic paraphernalia, continuous child sexual molestation, oral copulation, child molestation of a victim under age 14, sexual battery and unlawful sex with a minor three or more years younger than the suspect, Hartig said. Both men were booked in the Solano County jail.
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