Redding burglary/vehicle theft suspects captured in pair of stolen pickups

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say two of three vehicle burglary and theft suspects were arrested after video surveillance footage was obtained that ultimately led to their identification and apprehension Saturday, Oct. 16. Two vehicles, which were stolen from a business that provides support services for natural disasters including wildland fires were recovered, along with other items stolen during simultaneous vehicle burglaries at the location.

One of the two men, a local felon who authorities have called a “prolific thief”, was arrested just two weeks ago after Redding PD linked him to at least eight vehicle thefts and multiple commercial and vehicle burglaries that occurred within days of each other the last week of September. At the time, arresting officers said 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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City of Redding police officers began investigating the vehicle burglaries and thefts around 11 a.m. after a business called to report an overnight commercial burglary in the 2400 block of Progress Drive, Redding Police Corporal Regan Ortega reported this afternoon.

During their subsequent investigation, officers learned three suspects gained access to a fenced yard at the location and burglarized multiple vehicles.

Dakota Carboni (L), and Arthur Colson (R), were arrested last night after officers found them in possession of two pickup trucks and other items stolen from a Redding business that provides support services for natural emergencies and wildfires. Redding PD photos

While one suspect left in a vehicle the trio had arrived in, the other two suspects stole two vehicles, described as Chevy 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, from the location, according to Ortega.

“As the suspects were fleeing the yard, they drove into multiple parked vehicles and the yard’s wrought iron fence causing an estimated $20,000 in damage,” the Corporal explained. The incident was captured on video surveillance, which allowed for photographs of the suspects to be disseminated to Redding Police Department personnel.

Later that evening, officers located both of the stolen vehicles along with two of the three suspects from the burglary. Two female adults were also located with the stolen vehicles, but were not believed to have been involved in the burglary and thefts, according to Ortega.

The stolen Chevy 2500 was being operated by Arthur Milton Colson, 58, of Redding, while Carboni was found near the stolen Chevy 3500. Additionally, evidence from the other burglaries was found within the recovered stolen vehicles.

Redding PD detectives were called in to assist with the burglary and theft investigation and were able to obtain a confession from both men; however, the identity and whereabouts of the third suspect are still unknown at this time.

While stealing two trucks from a Redding business, the suspects crashed into several parked vehicles and a wrought iron fence, causing approximately $20,000 in damages according to officials. Redding PD photos

Both Colson and Carboni were booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of commercial burglary, automobile theft, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

Online jail records indicate both men remain in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail or bond.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation, or who knows the identity and/or whereabouts of the outstanding male suspect is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R068021 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.