Reports of a prowler in the north Auburn area Sunday evening led to an arrest and recovery of an estimated $5,000 worth of property.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office received calls shortly after 7 p.m. about a suspicious person prowling in the area of Kemper Oaks Court. When deputies arrived, they saw a vehicle leaving the area and followed it. Deputies confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen the day before from the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
Deputies stopped the vehicle and detained two people. They identified Clarence Wayne Anderson, 36, an Auburn-area transient, as the suspect and driver of the truck, sheriff’s officials said.
Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Regional Auto Theft Task Force along with Auburn police responded to aid in the investigation, which led them to a Roseville residence. A witness there led investigators to a large number of tools believed to have been taken from tool boxes in the stolen vehicle, sheriff’s officials said.
Auburn police detectives took custody of the property and are expected to conduct follow-up investigations.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Anderson, who was booked into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. He is being held in lieu of $165,000 bail.
Sheriff’s officials said Anderson was on post-release community supervision for felony possession of a stolen vehicle at the time of his arrest.