MP’s Dog Catches Red Bluff Burglary Suspect | Corning Observer
A Red Bluff man suspected of a burglary in Shasta County was caught by a deputy’s dog on Sunday, December 5.
Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputies ended up arresting Timothy M. Wagner, 35, of Red Bluff after they were sent to PAR Electric at 4645 Locust Road, Anderson at around 2:26 a.m. for a report of a Suspect U-Haul rental truck seen inside fenced property.
A deputy observed a 22-foot U-Haul box truck parked inside the fenced yard and saw the truck start to pull away. Due to the very dense fog and the fact that the driver of the U-Haul turned off the lights as he drove away, the deputy lost sight of the vehicle.
Additional deputies arrived at the scene and began searching for the U-Haul truck, as well as Anderson police and agents from the California Highway Patrol.
While MPs were in the Kimberly Road area, they located the U-Haul moving east at high speed just before it hit a PG&E utility pole and continued.
The deputy prosecutor was unable to follow the U-Haul because the wooden utility pole and heavily damaged wires blocked the roadway.
Moments later, a citizen who resides in the 21000 block of Kimberly Road said he found a U-Haul box truck parked outside his residence with the engine running and unoccupied.
While investigating the abandoned U-Haul, MPs located a large amount of copper wire and various power tools in the cargo box.
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office dog “Garin” began to follow the scent of the suspects driving the U-Haul truck.
Garin led MPs about a quarter of a mile down Kimberly Road to a large blackberry bush, where the dog allegedly located Wagner hiding inside the large thorn bush.
Wagner, who was found in possession of methamphetamine, was arrested and refused to make a statement, MPs said.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office believes another suspect may have been involved in the incident, but was not located during the search.
During the investigation, a company employee told MPs that the suspects cut the lock on the property’s front door, cut the locks on two large metal storage boxes and removed a large amount. of copper wire and plenty of power tools – all of which were allegedly located in the abandoned U-Haul truck on Kimberly Road. The stolen copper wire and tools were valued at approximately $ 16,000. Property was returned to the company and the U-Haul truck was towed from the scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the road collision involving the utility pole.
Wagner was arrested and jailed in Shasta County Jail on two counts of burglary, theft of copper wire and possession of a controlled substance.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Shascom at (530) 245-6540.