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Police reported the case started late Monday when a cell phone was taken in a vehicle break-in in a grocery store parking lot.
The victim used the phone’s GPS and found that it “pinged” near an apartment in the 600 block of Archer Street.
He knocked and a man who had been working as a street sweeper in the lot where the break-in happened answered the door. The man denied having the cell phone.
The victim said he just wanted the sim card from the phone and offered $50. The man told him to come back later. The victim came back about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday with two police officers.
The apartment resident again denied having the cell phone, but the GPS indicated it was a few feet away. Officers convinced the man to return the cell phone, and he said it was in a downstairs apartment.
One officer went downstairs, and the suspect struck the other officer with a wet towel in his hand. He told police he was scared and nervous.
The suspect, Kenny Barba, 41, was booked into Monterey County Jail on charges of battery of a peace officer and possession of stolen property.