Surveillance video leads to teen’s arrest

These stills from a video led to the arrest of a teen.

A homeowner’s surveillance video of the theft of bicycle led to the arrest of the alleged thief, who also faces other charges.

According to a statement from the Susanville Police Department, a homeowner on Pearl Circle reported the theft of a bicycle about 10:40 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19.

The homeowner provided officers an excellent quality surveillance video, and one of the responding officers recognized the suspect seen on the video enter the attached garage and then ride away on a bicycle.

Officers identified the suspect as Niko Anthony Robinson, 19, with no known address.

Later that day, Lassen County Sheriff’s Deputy David Lee was in the area of Ash Street and Bunyan, near Mill View Apartments when he observed Niko on the side of the roadway.

According to the statement, “When Deputy Lee attempted to make contact with Niko Robinson, a short foot pursuit ensued. Niko Robinson eventually was taken into custody without further incident. Niko Robinson was found to be in possession of miscellaneous drug paraphernalia and a replica handgun.”

Robinson was transported to Lassen County Jail and booked into the jail for burglary along with other charges resulting from the foot pursuit.

But that’s not all. Two other cases were referred to the Lassen County District Attorney regagarding Robinson’s alleged involvement with stealing a local resident’s purse and the tip jar from Little Caesars Pizza.

The Susanville Police Department thanks the LCSO for their assistance as well as the public for providing the quality surveillance video.