Three arrested in Siskiyou County electronics theft case
Three Redding residents were arrested Tuesday on burglary charges after authorities found approximately $5,000 worth of stolen electronics in their vehicle.
Mount Shasta Police Department sergeant Joe Restine said officers responded to a burglary in progress at SMS Connect on Water Street in Mount Shasta, where a man, accompanied by a woman, walked out of the store with a live demo iPhone 4S, worth approximately $600.
The store owner snapped a photo of the suspect’s car and license plate as they drove away, Restine said. The information was immediately shared with the California Highway Patrol and the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department, who began actively searching for the green 2000 Chevy Silverado.
After making contact with the Yreka Police Department, it was discovered that suspects with the same descriptions had stolen a Samsung Galaxy Tablet from the Yreka AT&T store earlier in the day, and had also made returns without receipts at the Walmart store in Yreka.
CHP officers eventually located the vehicle and made a stop near the Fawndale exit on southbound Interstate 5, Restine said.
Two men and two women inside the vehicle were detained, said Restine. CHP officers found a large amount of electrical equipment in the vehicle with no receipts to prove their purchase. Also found was a realistic-looking BB gun and a ski mask in the truck’s glove compartment, Restine added.
Aaron Phipps, 42 and his wife, Lyna Phipps, 42, as well as Anthony McIntire, 31, all of Redding, were arrested and booked into Siskiyou County Jail, charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime, said Restine. The fourth passenger was not charged because no evidence was immediately available to connect them to any of the crimes, Restine said.
On Wednesday, April 18, the MSPD obtained a search warrant to inventory the vehicle, which was returned to Mount Shasta on a flatbed truck, Restine said.
Approximately $5,000 worth of electronic equipment was recovered inside. Officers also found gift cards for in-store credit at Walmart, Restine said. Receipts with the cards indicated the cards were issued for electronics without the presentation of a sales receipt.
Many of the electronics still had store security tags attached, said Restine, and the MSPD and allied agencies are working to discover where the all the property came from.