Esparto man in custody for car theft

Ronnie Albee Carbahal, 21, of Esparato, California, was booked into the Lassen County Jail Wednesday, Aug. 26 on a suspected auto theft charge. His bail was set at $20,000.

Ronnie Albee Carbahal

According to a statement from the Susanville Police Department, officers responded to Lassen County Chamber of Commerce on a report of a stolen vehicle that had just occurred. As officers responded, they learned a man had stolen a vehicle that was parked and running in the parking lot.

Within minutes after the theft, a Lassen County Sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle matching the description pull up behind him on Main Street near Riverside Drive. The deputy got behind the vehicle and followed it. Then the deputy — along with a Bureau of Land Management Ranger who was in the area — followed the vehicle until it parked at the Super 8 Motel. The deputy and ranger contacted Carbahal and detained him until SPD officers arrived.

The SPD would like to thank the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Land Management for their help in this investigation.