A 30-year-old Tracy resident was arrested on suspicion of stealing car parts from CarMax in Pleasanton early Friday morning, according to a Pleasanton police spokesman.
Pardais Azad was booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on charges of grand theft, Lt. Brian Laurence said.
The situation unfolded at about 12:30 a.m. Friday when security personnel at the Stoneridge Drive car dealership notified Pleasanton police about a suspicious person they saw on security cameras prowling on the property, Laurence said.
Pleasanton police officers responded, established a perimeter and began searching the area, according to Laurence. With help from a Livermore Police Department K-9 unit, they searched the property for an hour but could not find the person responsible.
Officers did discover an unmarked, unoccupied van that contained five sets of taillights for newer-model Ford Mustangs, he said. Several Mustangs were found on the property with missing taillights.
Officers recovered information from the van and worked with Pleasanton police dispatch personnel to identify a possible suspect, according to Laurence.
Pleasanton police detectives then responded to the man's home in Tracy, and with help from the Tracy Police Department, they located and arrested Azad without incident, according to Laurence.
The value of the recovered parts is estimated at over $2,500, the lieutenant said.
Detectives think Azad may be responsible for similar thefts in the area, according to Laurence. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has additional information can contact the Pleasanton police at 931-5100.