LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Two children illegally taken from their mother about 10 months ago were back at home today, thanks to a thorough California Highway Patrol officer who arrested the father on Saturday.

Officer Brett Rinehart stopped a Chevrolet pickup at Vermont Avenue and 111th Street just after noon on Saturday, and learned the driver, later identified as the father of the 2-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy in the vehicle, was wanted for felony vandalism.

Rashid Hasan Ali Akbar, 33, also was wanted for illegally taking the children about 10 months ago, according to the CHP. The children were returned to their mother.

Part of the reason Rinehart stopped the pickup was because its registration was expired. Its windows were tinted darker than what state law allows, as well, according to the CHP.