Sacto 9-1-1
January 4, 2013
Truckee police say tips led to arrest in snowblower thefts

Truckee police say tips from residents helped lead to the arrest of one person in connection with several snowblower thefts over the past two months.

Christopher Daniel Nelson, 30, of Truckee was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of theft. The investigation is continuing, and additional suspects have yet to be identified, according to a Police Department news release.

On Dec. 10, police issued a Nixle Alert to residents, warning them of the thefts. The thieves were specifically targeting Honda snowblowers, which are popular in the Truckee and Tahoe area and have a retail price of approximately $3,000, police said.

After the alert was issued, residents advised investigators of possible suspects. Along with other investigative leads, officers were able to identify two local suspects, according to the news release.

A total of five Honda 828 snowblowers were stolen, mostly between Thanksgiving and Christmas. One snowblower was recovered and returned to the owner. The other four are unaccounted for and could be in use locally, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the location of any of the stolen snowblowers is asked to call Truckee police investigators at (530) 550-2323.

Police encourage residents to report suspicious activity and to subscribe to the free online Nixle Alert Network via the website at www.nixle.com.

Residents also are advised to secure their property and to mark valuables with identifying information.

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