Publisher’s note: The Susanville Police Department provided the names of those arrested in response to a California Public Records Act request from lassennews.com.
Susanville’s acting police chief, Captain Mike Bollinger, promised action against shoplifters was coming at a recent Susanville City Council meeting. Today, the Susanville Police Department announced the first of these efforts.
According to a statement from the SPD, officers conducted an anti-theft detail at Walmart on Thursday, Nov. 16. With the assistance of employees from Walmart, the operation was a success with the following results.
Four individuals were contacted for suspicion of committing theft. These individuals were identified and released with no citations issued.
A 27-year-old Susanville resident (Keigan Chares Cope) and a 22-year-old Susanville resident (Hailey Grace Martinez) were arrested and transported to the Lassen County Jail for shoplifting and conspiracy to commit a crime.
A 56-year-old Standish resident (Vincent Lee Jones) was arrested for shoplifting and resisting arrest. The subject was cited and released at the scene.
A 40-year-old Redding resident (Ryan Lee Souter) was arrested for shoplifting after discovering he was changing price labels on items and purchasing them at a lower price. A subsequent search of his vehicle resulted in the seizure of a loaded Glock handgun and suspected Fentanyl.
He was taken to the Lassen County Jail and booked into the jail for violation of probation, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a controlled substance.
The SPD thanks Walmart and its employees for all the assistance they provided.
Future operations will continue soon with other retailers.