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Car Thefts and Burglaries Remain Constant in Redding

Car Thefts and Burglaries Remain Constant in Redding

Posted: Jan 10, 2018 5:53 PM

Redding, Calif -- We are only 10 days into 2018, and in this time North State residents have already reported on Facebook more than 10 cars, that’ve either been burglarized or stolen.
That’s at least one car per day.
Which is something the police department is actively looking into.
On Tuesday, around 5:50 in the evening, Redding officers from the Neighborhood Police Unit were in downtown, when they found a man shining a flashlight through the window of closed businesses.
They later identified this man as 19-year-old Wade Michael Smith, who admits to being a daily methamphetamine user and attempted to break into a different car every day over the last year.
"Common, drug abusers are doing this a lot .Drug addicts that’s how they feed their drug habits stealing someone elses property and trading it or selling it for drugs. That’s something we are seeing every single day," said Leuitenant Jeff Wallace.
But what surprised us was how he later went into detail with police on what his techniques were.
“He’s using flashlights which is what alerted the officers to the fact that he was looking into closed businesses, as well as vehicles. But yeah he is looking mainly for unlocked cars and he’s looking for items of value sitting out in plain view," said Wallace.
Police say although the holiday season does cause a spike in car break ins and burglaries, it can happen any time of the year.
"The thefts go on 365 days a year. The holidays just give people more opportunity," said Wallace.

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Today will be nice but much cooler weather this weekend with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly in the north valley and mountains. We heat up again next week.
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