Redding Police arrest man after suspected crime spree

Redding Police say a man has been arrested after an officer found him with a stolen vehicle, drug paraphernalia, and stolen property.

Posted: Dec 4, 2017 7:43 AM
Updated: Dec 4, 2017 7:58 AM

Redding Police say a man has been arrested after an officer found him with a stolen vehicle, drug paraphernalia, and stolen property.

Police say it all started Friday night at around 9 p.m. when Redding Police Department responded to a call of a petty theft in the 1600 block of Hilltop Drive. Ismael Herrera, 52, of Corning CA, reported he had his wallet stolen from his vehicle.

Officers learned Herrera had left his vehicle unlocked and his wallet in the glove box while at work. His wallet contained his California driver license, cash, and two credit cards. Herrera believed the crime took place between 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm. He also told officers his credit card had fraudulently been used several times that afternoon in the Mt. Shasta Mall. The suspect had charged over 700 hundred dollars within a couple hours of the original crime. Officers conducted a neighborhood canvass and exhausted all investigative leads.

On Sunday at 08:00 am, officers responded to a call in regards of a vehicle theft in the 2100 block of Hemingway Street in Redding. The victim stated his Ford Ranger and several work tools and personal articles had been stolen. The officers conducted a neighborhood canvass and were unable to locate the vehicle.

On Sunday at 9:00 pm, Officer Kasinger who had just reviewed the stolen vehicle log recognized an occupied Ford Ranger vehicle as reported stolen while in the parking lot of Walmart. The suspect exited the vehicle when he observed Officer Kasinger and began to walk away. A high-risk vehicle stop was performed and the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect was identified as Joshua A. Ellis, 26 years old, of Redding.

A vehicle search incident to Ellis' arrest revealed Herrera's property, including his wallet, driver's license and credit cards. Also located in the vehicle were the work tools and articles belonging to the victim of the stolen Ford Ranger vehicle.

Officers located over 20 hypodermic syringes and a scale normally used to weigh drugs in the stolen Ford Ranger. The investigation revealed the hypodermic syringes were used by Ellis to inject heroin. Ellis was arrested for being in possession of stolen property and a stolen vehicle.

This makes Officer Kasinger's 27th recovered stolen vehicle this year and 3rd this week. The Redding Police Department wants to remind the public to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables when shopping or parking overnight.

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