State law enforcement agents caught a wanted fugitive who escaped from Soledad prison, abandoned a stolen outside Los Osos and was ultimately tracked down and captured in Nipomo.

According to Sheriff’s spokesman, Trevor McKim, at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25, patrol deputies came across an abandoned vehicle in the 2000 block of Turri Rd., in rural Los Osos.

“An investigation by the deputy revealed the vehicle was stolen,” McKim said in a news release, “and was associated with Edgar Delgado, a prison inmate who had escaped from the Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad on June 23. The vehicle was found to be unoccupied and deputies conducted a search of the area for Delgado but were unable to locate him at the time.”

Officers with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Fugitive Apprehension Team, and SLO County deputies “began a joint investigation to locate Delgado, who was believed to still be in San Luis Obispo County,” McKim said.

Their search for the fugitive ended Friday. On June 26, at approximately 1:57 p.m., McKim said CDCR’s Fugitive Apprehension Team, and deputies with the Sheriff’s Gang Task Force were conducting a surveillance operation in a restaurant parking lot in the 500 Block of Tefft Street in Nipomo when they observed a subject matching Delgado’s description.

“Investigators contacted the subject and he was identified as Edgar Delgado, the escaped prison inmate. Delgado was taken into custody without incident by CDCR officers and returned to state prison.”

McKim said when they investigated the stolen vehicle they discovered that several tools were also stolen out of the vehicle. Investigators from CDCR and SLO County Gang Task Force were able to recover those stolen tools at a residence in Los Osos for return to their owner, McKim said.