Man accused of stealing fuel here arrested in Southern California in a stolen vehicle, chief says

A suspect who skipped bail after his arrest for auto theft and fuel theft charges in Taft has been arrested in Southern California and will be extradited back to Kern County to face charges, Taft Chief of Police Whiting said.

Walter Giovanni Rosales, who was first arrested on May 21 after police said he was caught in the act of stealing fuel from trucks parked at Huddleston Crane on Black Gold Court, was arrested this time driving a stolen vehicle, Whiting said.

Rosales, 22, of Bellflower, was booked into the Kern County Jail on multiple charges, including charged with burglary, grand theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest.

He was released on $75,000 bail, but failed to appear in court for his arraignment on June 5.

Police said Rosales had stolen about 700 gallons of fuel using an electric pump and was loading the stolen fuel on to a stolen truck when he was spotted by an employee.

Police were called and Rosales was arrested on foot a short distance away after a brief struggle with officers.