Linked to 8 Redding car thefts & multiple burglaries in last 10 days, “prolific thief” arrested

REDDING, Calif., — A local man who authorities have called a “prolific thief” was arrested again this week after officials in Redding linked him to at least eight vehicle thefts and multiple commercial and vehicle burglaries that have plagued the area over the last ten days.

According to arresting officers, the alleged suspect, 29-year-old Dakota James Carboni, “showed no remorse for the repeated thefts, citing his methamphetamine habit and boredom as motivation to commit crimes.”


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On Sept. 28, officers responded to Cross Petroleum to investigate a commercial burglary and theft of a company vehicle that occurred sometime the previous evening, Redding Police Sergeant Sheldon has since reported.

Officers reviewed video surveillance from the business and immediately recognized Carboni from multiple prior recent arrests, despite his efforts to conceal his identity with a mask, the Sergeant explained; saying that some of those recent arrests included four separate apprehensions for stolen vehicles since Sept. 19.

Despite Carboni’s efforts to conceal his identity with a mask during a recent commercial burglary and vehicle theft, officers recognized him from numerous recent stolen vehicle and burglary arrests. Redding PD photos

Officers located Carboni loitering in front of a business the following day and detained him, at which time they discovered he was in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and keys belonging to the stolen Cross Petroleum vehicle.

“Due to the ongoing crime spree, patrol officers partnered with the Detective Division,” said Sheldon. “Detectives interviewed Carboni who showed no remorse for the repeated thefts citing his methamphetamine habit and boredom as motivation to commit crimes.”

“Detectives linked Carboni to an additional commercial burglary where three vehicles were stolen,” the Sergeant continued; adding that Carboni also possessed stolen property from another vehicle burglary. Both of those incidents occurred Sept. 29 on Wyndham Lane and that he specifically targeted the S. Market Street and Wyndham Lane area.

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Online jail records indicate Carboni has been charged with a number of felonies and other charges related to the numerous vehicle thefts and burglaries and remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail or bond.

Anyone with information linking Carboni to additional thefts is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Detective Division at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R063484 and can remain anonymous.

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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.