LA SELVA BEACH -- A Santa Cruz County Public Works employee and four County Jail inmates on work release helped catch a pair of suspects in a car break-in near Manresa State Beach.

About 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, the public works employee saw a man smash a driver's side window of a green Honda near San Andreas and Gospodnevich roads, said sheriff's deputy April Skalland.

The man took items and fled to a white Honda with tinted windows that was driven by another man, deputies said.

The public works employee had been with an inmate crew cleaning areas around the beach. He tailed the Honda with the inmates, who helped spot the car.

The employee used his county truck's two-way radio to describe the car and suspects to emergency dispatchers, then lost the Honda near Lee Road.

About 2:45 p.m. a California Highway Patrol officer spotted the car parked at a gas station on the 200 block of Lee Road, Skalland said.

Authorities saw the two men exit the gas station and start toward their white Honda. Authorities detained them.

Authorities found a duffel bag in the car that belonged to the owner of the burglarized Honda on San Andreas Road, Skalland said.

The bag contained swimming goggles, medicine and toiletries.

Juan Carlos Rosales, a 23-year-old from Watsonville, and Eduardo Romero-Reynoso, a 20-year-old from Santa Cruz, were both arrested on suspicion of auto burglary, deputies said.

The men are being held in

County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail, according to jail records.

Watsonville police also assisted in the arrests.

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