Dec 18, 2014 1:03 PM by News Staff
Redding Police Department investigators have arrested seven people over the past two days, the result of a surveillance operation and increased patrols outside local shopping centers.
According to a news release, Property Crimes Investigators conducted the surveillance and patrols in an effort to curb thefts from retail stores, as well as drug activity.
Thefts often increase during the holiday season because the merchandise left in vehicles and customers carrying cash provide drug addicts with an easy way to finance their habit. Criminals have also been known to scour trash cans for discarded receipts, then pulling listed items off shelves and returning them for cash.
During the operation the following people were arrested:
Brandon Maxwell Watson, age 23, from the state of Washington, for possession of heroin.
Joshua Lane Sutherland, age 22, of Redding, for possession of heroin.
Robert Lee Cronin Mills, age 23, of Shingletown, for possession for sales of heroin and possession of methamphetamine.
Stanisha Tenetta Bowers, age 37, of Redding, for possession of methamphetamine and warrants.
Shawn David Galloway, age 39, of Redding, for arrest warrants.
Johnathon Michael Hopkins, age 28, of Redding, for arrest warrants.
Roberto Lopez, age 21, of Anderson, for an outstanding arrest warrant.
Some of these individuals were booked at Shasta County jail, while others were cited and released pursuant to Proposition 47.
Police recommend that shoppers refrain from discarding receipts in store trash cans. Valuables kept in vehicles should always be hidden from view.