The LoJack signal led the officers to the parking lot of the Motel 6 at 2040 Priesker Lane, where they found a total of four stolen vehicles at about 8:30 a.m., said Sgt. James Ginter.
The stolen vehicles recovered were a 2008 Ford Escape, a 2004 BMW 325i, a 2003 Toyota Tundra and a 1999 Mercedes, Ginter said.
Those arrested, all of Santa Maria, included: Amey Samuels, 42, on suspicion of auto theft and three warrants; Charmain Montoya, 35, for violation of parole; Antonio Munoz, 21, on suspicion of giving false information to a peace officer, drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and a warrant for his arrest; Katrina Baldivia, 27,for allegedly being under the influence of a controlled substance and violation of probation; Teddy Ramirez, 36, booked for possession of a controlled substance and violation of parole; Salvador Mendoza, 24, cited and released for drug paraphernalia; Toni Chavez, 42, released to Probation; and a 17-year old female who was arrested and later booked at Santa Maria Juvenile Hall on suspicion of auto theft.
LoJack is an after-market security system that allows stolen vehicles to be tracked by law-enforement. If a LoJack equipped vehicle is reported stolen, the tracking devise is activated, and can guide officers to the vehicle.