Ceres transient Ronald Beltran, 35, was arrested Thursday evening as he was attempting to break into a pickup in the 1800 block of Gail Court.
The owner of the vehicle reported the suspect trying to break into the parked truck at 6:48 p.m. When police arrived, Beltran - who has an arrest history - was still on scene using a screwdriver.
Beltran was arrested for attempted vehicle burglary and vandalism. He told the officer that he was trying to repossess the truck. The owner said he owned the vehicle for 10 years.