On February 12, 2014 and February 13, 2014, Redding Police Department Property Crimes Investigators and several motorcycle officers from the Redding Police Department’s Traffic Unit teamed up to conduct high visibility patrols in the area of local metal recycling centers.
These patrols were focused in the area of Viking Way and Abernathy Road, as well as the area of Girvan Road and State Route 273.
Vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists were stopped for various traffic violations in these areas. Investigators questioned numerous individuals in an attempt to gather information about recent thefts of recyclable metals, especially copper.
During the course of one traffic stop, a Financial Crimes Investigator questioned a suspect regarding a recent check fraud case. This case is being sent to the Shasta County District Attorney’s office for review.
On another stop, Investigators arrested Kevin Scott West, age 37, of Redding for an outstanding felony warrant charging burglary. His bail is set at $20,000. West was booked at Shasta County Jail.
Five individuals were searched pursuant to their probation and parole conditions. During the course of the two day operation, 82 traffic citations were issued. Eleven vehicles were towed from drivers with suspended licenses. One subject was issued a notice to appear for a misdemeanor warrant.
Anyone with information regarding subjects responsible for the theft of recyclable metals is encouraged to contact Redding Police Department Investigations at (530)225-4214.
From Redding Police Department press release.