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Stop on spray painted U-Haul truck leads to two arrests


January 15th, 2020               5:00 A.M.

On January 14th, 2020, at 11:20 P.M., a Redding Police Officer was on patrol and located a white U-Haul pickup truck, which appeared to have been spray painted white, at the Enterprise Car Wash at 900 Hartnell Avenue in Redding.  Suspecting that the U-Haul truck was spray painted and possibly stolen, the Officer contacted two occupants identified as Eric Schornsten, 45 years of Redding, and Kyle Britton, 33 years of Redding.

A records check revealed that Eric Schornsten is on Shasta County Superior Court Probation.  Officers conducted a probation search of Eric Schornsten and the U-Haul truck. They located a bag containing 27.5 grams of methamphetamine on Schornsten’s person.  Due to the large quantity of methamphetamine located on Schornsten’s person, he was arrested for suspicion of possessing the methamphetamine with the intent to sell.

Officers then searched the U-Haul truck and located a suspected methamphetamine smoking device, 1.7 grams of heroin, a large amount of both manual and electric cutting tools, masks, gloves, numerous tow hitches, and white spray paint cans. They also located California license plates for a similar vehicle to the U-Haul truck, registered to the County of Shasta.  Officers formed the opinion that Schornsten and Britton were attempting to conceal the U-Haul truck by spray painting it. Officers believed they would possibly change the license plates, and then use the U-Haul truck and burglary tools to commit thefts and avoid detection.

Officers continued their investigation into the matter of the U-Haul truck which was confirmed to have been spray painted white.  The U-Haul company was contacted but had not reported the vehicle stolen.  When advised of the spray paint job, U-Haul advised they did not authorize the paint job and desired prosecution against Schornsten and Britton for vandalism.

Schornsten was arrested and booked at the Shasta County Jail for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, vandalism, possession of burglary tools, and a probation violation.  Britton was arrested and booked at the Shasta County Jail for vandalism, possession of burglary tools, and a probation violation.

Any persons with additional information pertaining to this case are encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at 530-225-4200.

 Eric Schornsten                        Kyle Britton


Contact:         Corporal Rob Garnero # 395

Redding Police Department


Reviewed:     Sergeant Gary Meadows #303