A traffic stop by an observant California Highway Patrol officer led to the arrest of a man and a woman on stolen property charges.
According to a statement from the CHP, about 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, a Susanville CHP officer traveling through Susanville on Main Street observed a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle that had been seen on surveillance video stealing a package from the front porch of a residence within the city limits of Susanville earlier in the day.
The officer made an enforcement stop on the vehicle for a vehicle code violation, and upon further investigation located the contents of the stolen package within the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
The Susanville Police Department was contacted and arrived on scene to assist. The CHP officer investigated and located stolen property from two separate thefts that had occurred within the city limits earlier in the day. A stolen wallet was recovered which had been taken from the Diamond Mountain Casino. The wallet and its contents were returned to the owner. A DMV registration card and sticker which had been stolen out of a parked vehicle were also recovered.
Both occupants of the vehicle — Kameron Christopher Dennis, 27, of Susanville, and Christina Marie Castaneda, 25, of Susanville —were arrested for possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Dennis was on active Post Release Community Supervision and was also charged with a violation of his PRCS terms and driving while unlicensed. He was taken into custody. Castaneda was cited and released at the Lassen County Jail.
The CHP thanks the Diamond Mountain Casino and the public for their assistance in this investigation. Video surveillance obtained was instrumental in connecting these serial thieves to their crimes. If anyone has any information related to these crimes or any other crimes which may have occurred, or if anyone recognizes the suspect vehicle as being involved in any crime which may have not been reported, contact the agency with jurisdiction depending on location.