Released within hours of stolen vehicle pursuit, Siskiyou woman found in second stolen car very next day

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif., — A Siskiyou County woman who was wanted for multiple outstanding warrants was arrested after leading officials on a dangerous, multi-agency pursuit in a stolen vehicle on Sunday, March 6. After spending just a few hours in jail before being released, she was arrested again after being caught in another stolen car the very next afternoon.


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At around 7 a.m. on Sunday morning, the Mt. Shasta Police Department received a tip that a green Honda Element that had been stolen from the Dunsmuir area the previous evening had been spotted in the area of S. Mt Shasta Boulevard.

Officers who responded to the area quickly located the stolen Honda and attempted to stop the driver; however, she refused to yield and sped away from them.

When the woman, later identified as 39-year-old Trinity Rene Gilbert, refused to yield to the officers’ lights and sirens, a vehicle pursuit was initiated. The pursuit eventually involved California Highway Patrol and the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.

As the chase continued south toward Highway 89, pursuing officers updated that Gilbert was unable to maintain lanes and was seen weaving in out of traffic at speeds ranging from 15 to 40 miles per hour.

Gilbert then headed toward S. Old Stage Road, before taking rural backroads to the central Dunsmuir area where California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit.

Gilbert eventually came to a stop on Florence Loop, where she was taken into custody without further incident.

She was later booked into the Siskiyou County Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, evading a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, and resisting arrest. Although she was also booked on her multiple warrants, Gilbert was soon released and free to continue victimizing the community.


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The very next morning, City of Yreka police officers received the report of a red Ford Focus that had been stolen from the central Yreka area.

The registered owner and victim of the 9:45 a.m. vehicle theft reported that the suspect had been captured on her home’s security cameras while stealing her car.

Shortly before noon, and barely 45 minutes later after receiving the theft report, two Yreka PD officers spotted the stolen Ford in a south Yreka parking lot. They quickly detained and later arrested the occupant, who was identified once again as Gilbert.

With Yreka PD Chief Gilman’s help, the victim was later reunited with her car.

“If our suspect’s name sounds familiar, it should, because she was arrested yesterday for the same thing,” YPD later said of the theft and subsequent swift apprehension.

“There have been several vehicle thefts in and around the Yreka area recently,” officials went on to explain, saying, “Please be diligent in securing your car and keep all items covered or stored away, out of view.”

“We realize criminals will do what they do best, however…. Today, OUR best was better,” they added.

Online jail records indicate Gilbert remained in custody as of this morning, with her bail set at $20,000.

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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS), which act as stringer-news providers for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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.