While Eduardo Berumen sat inside a Santa Paula restaurant having breakfast Friday morning, two boys stole his company pickup truck after finding the keys dangling in the ignition, police said.
The teens stole a 1997 Dodge at about 9 a.m. from the parking lot of a Mexican food cafe in the 300 block of Peck Road, Santa Paula Police Sgt. Steven Carter said.
Berumen was eating with a co-worker from Santa Paula's Limoneira Co. and they saw the boys take the truck, Carter said. The pair chased the boys in a car and used a cellular telephone to call police.
The thieves abandoned the vehicle at Wordsworth Way and Thoreau Lane next to the Government Center in Ventura and fled on foot, Carter said.