Redding police officers may have cracked more than a few burglary cases from throughout the county on Monday, March 14.
Just before lunch, officers observed a stolen Ford Taurus in the 5800 block of Cedars Road in Redding.
Police detained the driver of the vehicle, William Vernon “Billy” Webb, 38, of Redding, and his passenger, Jonathan Edward Thomas, 31, of Anderson.
A search of the vehicle revealed stolen property from numerous residential burglaries in both the city and county, a police report states.
At about the same time, the registered owner of yet another stolen vehicle spotted his Chevy Silverado pickup in the vicinity of Redding City Hall. The owner, Dan Piazza, alerted Redding police, who made a high-risk vehicle stop.
“[We] detained three occupants,” stated Sergeant Al Mellon of Redding Police Department. “The driver of the stolen vehicle was identified as Joshua William Ahlswede, 33, of Mountain Gate, and the passengers were identified as Jesse James Christie, 19, and Katlyn Rose Masterfield, 19, both of Redding.”
It was during a search of the second vehicle that officers linked the stolen Ford Taurus to the Chevy pickup. All suspects were then taken to the Redding Police Department for further questioning.
“Following the investigation,” said Mellon, “Webb, Thomas, Ahlswede and Christie were booked at the Shasta County Jail.”
Webb was charged with vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and a parole violation.
Thomas was charged with vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and outstanding warrants. Ahlswede and Christie were also charged as accessories.