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Stolen mail and vehicle recovered during downtown Chico traffic stop

A Chico police officer noticed a vehicle being driven the wrong way on a one-way street in downtown Chico early Tuesday morning. The traffic stop was followed by an arrest.

Posted: Dec 24, 2020 11:23 AM

CHICO, Calif. - A Chico police officer recovered a stolen vehicle at approximately 3:30 Tuesday morning after the driver of the car was seen traveling the wrong way on a one-way street in downtown Chico. Stolen mail was also recovered from the stolen vehicle.

The officer pulled over the driver, who was alone in the vehicle at the time on the 700 block of Main Street, traveling in the wrong direction. According to police the driver was evasisve in answering questions and did not have identification to prove his identify. Also, said police, the license plate did not match the Vehicle ID number (VIN).

Police said since they were suspicious that the vehicle was stolen and the driver was lying about his identity, they detained the driver and conducted a search of the vehicle.

First officers located the correct license plate in the glove compartment of the vehicle, they said. They contacted the person they believed to be the actual registered owner of the vehicle and officers confirmed that it had been stolen.

More than 250 pieces of mail were located inside the vehicle. Officers said mostof the mail was from Sacramento area residents. They said some mail was marked with chico addresses, and that mail was determined to have been stolen.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 25-year-old Robert Hermansen of Ohio. Police said he originally provided his twin brother's name, who is also from Ohio.

There was a warrant previously issued in Ohio for the arrest of Robert Hermansen for narcotics transportation, said police.

Hermansen was placed in a temporary holding facility at the chico Police Department. During the time he was held there an officer noticed that he was trying to dispose of some methamphetamine. Police said they were successful in stopping Hermansen from destroying the evidence.

Hermansen was booked into the Butte County Jail for vehicle theft, license board theft, mail theft, identify theft, possession of a controlled substance, and bringing a controlled substance into a jail.

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