Shasta Co. man uses cell phone, IPad to recover stolen vehicle

Jun 25, 2014 3:21 PM by News Staff

A Palo Cedro man was able to track and recover his stolen vehicle by using cell phone and IPad technology Wednesday morning.

Ronald Atkinson called Anderson Police just after 7:00 a.m. Wednesday to tell officers he was currently following his recently stolen Ford F-250 on Childress Drive heading towards McMurry Drive in Anderson.

Atkinson said he was able to find out where his truck was by using a cell phone app that was able to track the location of his IPad, which he knew was still inside the vehicle.

Police located the vehicle heading west on North Street towards the I-5 on ramp, northbound. A traffic stop was initiated, but the suspect failed to comply.

A pursuit ensued on I-5 northbound. As the vehicle passed the Knighton Road exit, it drove off the east shoulder and through a barbed wire fence. The vehicle then drove into a thick grove of trees where an officer observed the male driver and a female passenger exit the vehicle and flee on foot.

The female passenger called police from a nearby residence and said she was picked up and offered a ride by the stolen vehicle's driver and another man in a nearby neighborhood.

Police located one of the suspects nearby, 37-year-old Contra Costa County Resident James Michael Park.

Park was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for vehicle theft. Additional charges are pending.

The other male passenger has not been located.


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