Wednesday, Feb. 13—
An 18-year-old resident of Northstar Independence Inc. in Ramona was arrested after he stole a van yesterday and was chased by the vehicle’s owner, said Lt. James Bovet of the Sheriff’s Ramona station.
The van was owned by Matthew O’Brien, owner of Northstar Independence, which helps individuals with special needs, said Bovet. According to the lieutenant, O’Brien saw resident Timothy Ruggolo get into the van and drive away.
“So he followed him,” said Bovet.
The two had a collision near Main and Ninth streets about 8:30 a.m. that morning, according to the lieutenant. When O’Brien approached the van, the teen locked himself in, so the owner broke the van’s window, Bovet said. Ruggolo was arrested on a charge of vehicle theft, he said.