Teens involved in Vista robbery arrested

VISTA (CNS) – A 17-year-old gang member allegedly stole items from a Vista convenience store, ran from sheriff’s deputies and tossed a loaded gun in a parking lot in Vista Saturday was arrested.

An alleged accomplice, under the influence of drugs, was also arrested nearby, a sheriff’s sergeant said

Abel Abrego, 22, a documented member of the Vista Home Boys, and his teenage associate were among the five people spotted standing outside the Union 76 gas station on North Melrose Drive near Olive Avenue shortly after three juveniles were reported shoplifting around 12:10 p.m. Friday, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Dwain Washington.

The 17-year-old boy, whose name was not immediately available, bolted and dropped a loaded .40-caliber handgun in the parking lot, Washington said. However, a deputy chased him down and arrested him a short time later on suspicion of felony firearm possession and gang charges.

Deputies pursued Abrego to a condominium complex less than a block away where he was found hiding in a ditch, the sergeant said. He was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, conspiracy, obstruction and gang charges, according to Washington and jail records.

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