Wanted felon arrested in stolen vehicle at Anderson Walmart

ANDERSON, Calif., — Authorities say a wanted felon was arrested after he was found in possession of a stolen vehicle at Anderson’s Walmart Monday morning, July 19.

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At around 9 a.m., a city of Anderson police officer spotted a PT Cruiser that had been reported stolen in the Walmart parking lot in the 5000 block of Rhonda Road.

Joshua Watkins, a wanted felon, was arrested after he was found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle at an Anderson Walmart. Anderson PD photos

Because the vehicle was unoccupied, officers began surveilling the car from strategic locations positioned around the parking lot.

“A short time later Joshua Watkins, age 39, of Redding, returned to the vehicle,” Anderson PD later said of the incident and arrest; adding that officers swooped in and detained him without incident.

“A records check revealed Watkins to have an active felony warrant related to a domestic violence charge out of Shasta County,” said APD.

Watkins was arrested on his warrant and for possession of the stolen vehicle.



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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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