IRVINE ( — Authorities say a Huntington Beach man has been arrested after allegedly stealing a cell phone and other items from a vehicle parked at a fitness center in Irvine.

The 67-year-old victim told authorities that he had just finished working out at the 24-Hour Fitness on Van Karman Avenue when he spotted the suspect allegedly attempting to hide in his van’s backseat.

The incident unfolded about 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The suspect allegedly fled but was subsequently located by a K-9 unit, Irvine police said in a department statement.

Police identified the suspect as 42-year-old Alexie Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was booked on suspicion of grand theft and use of a controlled substance.

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