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Red Bluff gang member pleaded not guilty to weapons and embezzlement charges

The owner of a Red Bluff motorcycle shop pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to weapons and embezzlement charges, according to the Tehama County District Attorney's Office.

Posted: Dec 4, 2019 1:49 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2019 3:02 PM

UPDATE 11:31 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 - The owner of a Red Bluff motorcycle shop pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to weapons and embezzlement charges, according to the Tehama County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said Anthony Wagner, a gang member, had illegal weapons and stolen bikes and parts in his shop. Wagner was arrested on Dec. 4.

The judge denied a request to reduce Wagner's $250,000 bail. He remains in custody and is due back in court on Jan. 22.

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UPDATE 3:34 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 - The known gang member who is suspected of running a chop shop out of Red Bluff was in court on Friday.

The Tehama County District Attorney told Action News Now that Anthony Wagner's bail has been set at $250,000. He's set to return to court on Dec. 10, the arraignment was delayed as he's waiting on his own personal attorney.

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UPDATE 4:47 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 - Those who live in Red Bluff are reacting after police arrested a man for stolen property and guns.

Local business owners said Wagner usually kept to himself and those who met him on occasion described him as "intimidating."

A Red Bluff resident told Action News Now she saw the scene unfold.

"Yesterday I saw a bunch of undercover cop cars and trucks, a bunch of guys came out with guns by their side. Then more trucks pulled up. They were loading up some SUVs."

The Shasta County District Attorney's Office said that Wagner is set to be arraigned on Friday, Dec. 6.

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RED BLUFF, Calif. - Investigators arrested a Red Bluff gang member on Wednesday after a search warrant at his own business revealed multiple assault weapons.

The Tehama County District Attorney Bureau of Investigation, the Red Bluff Police Department, and the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at Statix motorcycle repair shop in the 1000 block of Madison Street in Red Bluff on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The search warrant was part of a joint investigation by District Attorney Investigators and Red Bluff Police into ongoing embezzlement of motorcycles, ATV’s, and parts.

Investigators said they located four complete stolen bikes and several other parts. All items were identified by the victims and released to them pending criminal charges.

Investigators found two assault weapons, four rifles, two shotguns, and five handguns at the Statix motorcycle repair shop.

The owner of the business was there and was identified as 43-year-old Anthony Wagner of Red Bluff.

Investigators arrested Wagner on felony assault weapon charges for the two assault weapons.

Additionally, investigators said, Wagner had an active restraining order, which under California law prohibits a person from possessing firearms during the time period of the restraining order. Wagner was also arrested on charges of possessing firearms while being a restrained person.

Investigators said Wagner is an active member of a gang making the misdemeanor charge of possession of firearms by a restrained person a felony.

If anyone is a possible victim or knows a possible victim, please contact District Attorney Investigator Kevin Hale at 530-529-3590.

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