A Susanville man was arrested Wednesday after a chain of events that began with a reported theft at a retail store on Main Street and ended with a foot pursuit near the National Guard Armory on Russell Avenue.
According to Lieutenant Matt Wood at around 3:30p.m. on Wednesday officers from the Susanville Police Department responded to Ross Dress For Less to investigate a reported theft that had just occurred. While responding to the scene, officers were advised that the suspect, identified by store employees as 32 year-old Susanville resident Bryce Cole, had fled from the store in a dark colored Ford SUV bearing Nevada license plates.
Subsequent investigation by officers revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Lovelock, Nevada.
Officers were then advised that a vehicle and person matching the description of the stolen vehicle and suspect was seen at the Lassen County Fairgrounds near the National Guard Armory. The stolen vehicle was quickly located – unoccupied and parked.
“Additional units arrived in the area and established a perimeter while other units assisted in the search for Cole,” explained Lieutenant Wood. “After about an hour of searching Cole was located in the backyard of a residence in the 200 block of Russell Avenue and upon contact, Cole attempted to evade officers again by jumping over a fence.”
Cole was pursued, taken into custody without incident and was booked into the Lassen County Jail on multiple charges including possession of a stolen vehicle and shoplifting. He was held on $30,000 bail.
The Susanville Police Department was assisted by the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office Investigator during the search for Cole. The case has been referred to the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.