On Oct. 26, 2017, at 11:30 a.m., Officer Braud assisted an owner in recovering their stolen 1996 Honda Accord parked in the driveway of 1872 Vale Street, in East Redding.  The residence had been vacant for approximately four months. 

A neighbor was contacted and provided information that the person who was using the stolen car was often seen in front of a home in the 2900 block of Yana Avenue, directly around the corner from where the stolen car was parked.  The neighbor was able to provide a very good description and had done her own research, leading her to identify the suspect as Rodney Mitchell, 27 years of age, of Redding.  Officer Braud learned Mitchell was on Post Release Community Supervision and subject to a full search of his home and person.

On Oct 27, 2017 at 2:30 p.m., Officer Braud and Officer T. Williams were able to contact Mitchell at his home.  Mitchell was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle from the initial investigation.  During a search of Mitchell’s bedroom and the shared areas, Officer Braud located two sets of stolen license plates that belonged to two other stolen cars.  He also located property belonging to the original car theft victim as well as two other car burglaries.  Officer Braud then located property belonging to a victim of a residential burglary that had taken place on Oct. 23, 2017 in Lakehead, CA.  Officer Braud also found ammunition in the home.  Mitchell is not allowed to possess ammunition as a result of a prior felony conviction.

Officer Braud continued his investigation and learned one set of the stolen plates belonged to a car that had been towed from approximately three blocks away from Mitchell’s home.  The third car has not yet been located. 

Mitchell was subsequently arrested for possession of a stolen car, possession of stolen property, illegal possession of ammunition, and for violating the terms of his Post Release Community Supervision.  The other cases have been submitted to the Shasta County District’s Office for review and potential filing. 

The tenacity of Officer Braud led to the recovery of stolen property that was highly valued by its owners.  The vigilant neighbor also deserves credit for paying attention to suspicious activity in their neighborhood.  We encourage people to continue to report activity that seems criminal.  We will continue to work with the community to address these types of problems.