Red Bluff citizen’s tip leads to wanted felon’s arrest for attempted catalytic converter thefts

RED BLUFF, Calif., — Authorities say a citizen’s tip led to the arrest of a wanted felon who was seen trying to cut off a vehicle’s catalytic converter outside a Red Bluff fast-food restaurant Thursday, Jan. 6.

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City of Red Bluff police officers were dispatched to the McDonald’s after receiving a phone call from a citizen reporting that a man was acting suspiciously around a parked vehicle and was seen making a sawing motion from underneath the car near the restaurant, RBPD has since said of the investigation and arrest.

Logan Kunau was arrested after a citizen’s tip brought officers to a Red Bluff McDonald’s where he was caught attempting to steal a vehicle’s catalytic converter. Red Bluff PD (photos 1 & 3), Tehama County Jail booking photo (Center)

Responding officers located the vehicle in question and confirmed that someone had been in the process of removing the vehicle’s catalytic converter when they were possibly interrupted.

During their subsequent investigation, officers detained and questioned multiple people and ultimately arrested 41-year-old Logan J. Kunau. Officers also located numerous burglary-related tools, power tools and the types of saws commonly used for removing catalytic converters.

Based on their findings, officers transported Kunau to the Tehama County Jail where he was booked on suspicion of attempted grand theft, criminal conspiracy, possession of burglary tools, and tampering with a vehicle. He was also booked for a warrant for failing to appear in court and being a felon in possession of ammunition. 

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $15,000 bail or bond.



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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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