REDDING, Calif. – The Redding Police Department arrested a man for two car thefts from local tow companies that occurred last week.
An employee of J&L Tow on Geary Street near downtown Redding reported a suspect had cut their fence and stolen an unregistered pickup from the property.
On Jan. 28, the pickup had been towed initially by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office after it was found near Pick and Pull during an alarm call on Jan. 23. However, police said there were no suspects found.
Then on Tuesday, Feb. 4, staff from Keith’s Tow arrived early in the morning to find their fence had been cut and a pickup was stolen.
Police said the suspect drove through a locked gate causing $5,000 in damage.
The pickup had been towed on Feb. 3 by Redding PD after it was stopped and the driver, 26-year-old Dillon Hobbs was found to be on probation and driving with a suspended driver’s license, police said.
Officers said that Hobbs was on probation and wearing an ankle monitor. They reviewed his location on the ankle monitor and compared it to the video at Keith’s Tow video surveillance. Officers said it was clear Hobbs was the person responsible for the car theft at Keith’s Tow.
Shortly after, officers arrived at Hobbs’ home on Weiland Street in Keswick. He was booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of auto theft.
At Hobbs’ home officers said they found the stolen pickup nearby and the stolen pickup from J&L Tow that happened on Jan. 28.
Both cars were returned to the tow companies.