Bill Schueller, Chief of Police
DATE February 4, 2020 TIME 3:00 p.m.
CASE#20R006404 and 20R008123
After two auto thefts from local tow companies within the last week, officers located and arrested the prime suspect in Keswick earlier today.
On January 28, 2020 staff of J&L Tow on Geary Street near downtown Redding reported an unknown suspect had cut their fence and stolen an unregistered pickup from the property. The pickup had been towed initially by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office after it was found parked near Pick and Pull during an alarm call on January 23, 2020. No suspects were initially identified.
On February 4, 2020, staff of Keith’s Tow arrived in the early morning hours to find their fence had been cut and a pickup was stolen. The suspect drove through a locked gate causing approximately $5,000 in damage. The pickup had been towed on February 3, 2020 by Redding PD after it was stopped and the driver, Dillon Hobbs, 26 years of age of Redding, was found to be on probation and driving with a suspended driver’s license.
Officers learned Hobbs was on probation and was wearing an ankle monitor. In reviewing Hobbs’ location information on the ankle monitor and comparing it to video at Keith’s Tow video surveillance, it was clear Hobbs was the person responsible for the theft at Keith’s Tow. Officers also learned Hobbs was at his residence on Weiland Street in Keswick.
Officers arrived and quickly located and apprehended Hobbs for the auto theft from Keith’s Tow. Officers located the stolen pickup a short distance away. Officers also noticed the stolen pickup taken from J&L Tow on January 28, 2020 was parked in the front yard as well. Both pickups were returned to their respective tow companies and Hobbs was booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of auto theft, possession of stolen property, felony vandalism, trespassing and a hold was placed by probation.
Contact: Corporal W. Williams, #324
Redding Police Department
Reviewed: Sergeant T. Cogle, #301