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Stolen vehicle leads to arrest of suspect in area thefts, robberies

A report of a stolen vehicle at Red Hawk Casino led to the arrest of a Sacramento man who authorities say is a suspect in several thefts and strong-arm robberies.

About 4:22 p.m. Monday, officers with the California Highway Patrol’s Placerville office responded to the Shingle Springs casino to recover a stolen vehicle. David Ferris, 62, was detained and the stolen vehicle’s ignition key was found in his pocket, according to a CHP news release. During further investigation, stolen credit cards and merchandise belonging to multiple victims were found in the vehicle, officials said. Officers also determined that Ferris had prior convictions for theft and identity theft.

While at the scene, the officers discovered three more victims.

CHP officials said an investigation determined that Ferris is a suspect in five thefts and strong-arm robberies in Sacramento, Elk Grove, Folsom and Rancho Cordova.

Ferris was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of auto theft, receiving stolen property, identity theft, robbery and grand theft. He is being held in lieu of $1.2 million bail.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy