Officers of the Susanville Police Department have made two arrests, and recovered a stolen firearm, as part of an ongoing investigation into multiple auto burglaries which have occurred throughout town recently.
The investigation, characterized as ‘intensive’ by Police Lieutenant Matt Wood, centered around a string of cases involving thefts from unlocked vehicles.
“As a result of the ongoing investigation and assistance from the public,” said Wood, “The department has made major progress in the cases in bringing those responsible for the thefts to justice.”
According to details released by the department, officers working a directed enforcement detail at around 3:30a.m. on June 11th, observed a male subject enter an unlocked vehicle in the 800 block of Cameron Way and steal various electronic devices. Officers contacted and arrested 25 year-old Susanville resident David Martinez-Moreno for petty theft and possession of burglary tools.
On June 12th at around 4:00a.m. officers responded to the area of Fourth and Park Street on a report of male subjects trying to enter an occupied vehicle.
“The subjects attempted to evade the officers but were eventually apprehended,” explained Lieutenant Wood, “A 15 year-old male was cited for curfew violation. A stolen handgun from a previous case was located in the waistband of a second juvenile, a 16 year-old male who was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, grand theft, possession of stolen property, carrying a non-registered firearm, carrying a stolen firearm and curfew violation.”
The 16 year-old male was booked into the Lassen County Juvenile Detention Facility. The Susanville Police Department was assisted by the California Highway Patrol with this incident.
Sunday afternoon, at around 4:00, officers responded to Susanville Ranch Park after the ongoing investigation turned-up a possible location for a handgun stolen in a previous theft case.
After an extensive search, the stolen firearm was located and retrieved. The Susanville Police Department was assisted in the search by the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The Susanville Police Department is continuing to investigate the thefts and would like to remind the public to lock their vehicles and store valuables out of sight to prevent easy access to and theft of valuables left inside the vehicles.