Sacto 9-1-1
November 20, 2011
Two stolen Hondas, separate arrests in Anderson and Redding lead to theft ring, authorities say

By Whitney Mountain
wmountain@sacbee.com

Four people were arrested near Redding on Sunday morning after one man allegedly stole a firefighter's vehicle from a fire station.

Sgt. Mike Thomas of the Redding Police Department said police have already linked the suspects to more than a dozen crimes.

"They were on quite the crime spree," he said.

The suspects were nabbed in a joint operation between Anderson and Redding police.

The investigation began with the theft of a car at Redding's Fire Station No. 3. Someone used a crow bar to break into the station while firefighters were sleeping, stole a firefighter's keys and his wallet with his credit cards and his car from the station, police said.

An Anderson police officer spotted the missing Honda outside of the Tower Mart on 1975 Ponderosa Dr. in Anderson just after 8:05 a.m.

He saw the suspect enter the Tower Mart and contacted Redding police. After leaving the store, Jared Anthony Thomas, 24, of Redding, was arrested for stealing the car.

Police searched the vehicle and found evidence that linked Thomas to three burglaries, three credit card fraud cases, and an additional stolen vehicle, according to a police news release.

The release said Thomas has been linked to the fire station burglary, the car theft from the station, the use of the firefighter's credit card at the Tower Mart, three additional burglaries, two other uses of the firefighter's credit cards, and three counts of possession of stolen property.

Meanwhile, at the same time in Redding, police attempted to pull over another Honda sedan for a traffic stop. The driver did not stop, heading southbound on Churn Creek Road. toward Knighton Road. Eventually. the driver pulled in to the T/A Truck Stop at 19483 Knighton Rd, where he got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Two passengers stayed in the vehicle.

The Redding officer held the passengers at gun-point while Redding police and officers from the Shasta County Sheriff's Department set up a perimeter, and California Highway Patrol ground units and a helicopter came in to assist.

The driver was stopped by Redding police K-9 Tarro at Pacheco School. Anthony David Kizer, 36, of Redding, was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital to be treated for superficial dog bites he sustained during his arrest.

The passengers in the vehicle, which was reported stolen from Redding on Nov. 17 and had stolen license plates, were Joseph Paul Stephens, 26, of Redding, and Nicole Marie Shreve, 28, of Redding.

They were arrested for possession of stolen property linked to the same burglaries Thomas was allegedly involved in. Shreve was also reported to be in possession of a dangerous weapon.

Officers believe there is a link between Thomas and Kizer, Stephens, and Shreve based on their possession of stolen items from a common victim.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Redding Police Investigations Division at (530) 225-4212.

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