REDDING, Calif. - Cal Fire Shasta County arrested a man accused of stealing bottles of water meant for the firefighters that have battled the more than 1,000-acre “Creek Fire,” west of Redding.
According to Cal Fire, they took Christopher John Smith, 40, of Redding into custody Tuesday after authorities viewed surveillance video that showed Smith stealing cases of water and leaving in a white Mazda, two days prior.
Firefighters noticed Smith’s car was parked in a parking lot near the fire, which is meant for day-use only and arrested him there at around 1 a.m.
Authorities searched the car and found a partial case of stolen bottled water, said Cal Fire.
Smith was booked into the Shasta County Jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, petty theft and two misdemeanor warrants.