Santa Barbara man arrested after police spot stolen car

LoJack sensor sparks hunt for stolen car

Santa Barbara man arrested after...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara police took a Santa Barbara man into custody Thursday afternoon while investigating a reported stolen car case.

Police spotted the stolen car in the 900 block of E. Cabrillo Boulevard at about 2:19 p.m. and began to track it with the help of a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's helicopter.

The vehicle was described as a red Mazda hatchback. Police followed the car along Cabrillo Boulevard heading towards the Coast Village Road area.

Eventually, police officers made a felony traffic stop at the Coast Village Road roundabout. The driver of the stolen vehicle was identified as 20-year-old Fernelis Bigelow-Lighty. He was taken into custody without incident.

The incident really began Thursday morning when a woman living on Rancheria Street in Santa Barbara called police at about 7 a.m. to report her home was burglarized and her 2015 red Mazda3 was stolen.

Later that morning, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputy in the area of northbound U.S. Highway 101 and Arrellaga Street reported that the LoJack sensor inside his patrol car was alerting him that a stolen vehicle was nearby. The deputy reported the stolen car to the Santa Barbara Police Department but no one was able to locate the car.

At about 12 p.m., the Sheriff's Office activated their air support helicopter and the car was located in the Santa Barbara Waterfront.

Bigelow-Lighty was booked in jail on multiple charges including felony burglary and felony theft of a car. No injuries were reported during the incident.

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