TRUCKEE, Calif. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- In the late months of 2012, several snowblower thefts occurred in the Truckee area, and two have now been arrested in connection with those thefts.
On Dec. 10, 2012, Truckee PD issued a Nixle Alert to all Truckee residents warning them of the ongoing thefts. The suspects were specifically targeting Honda snowblowers, which are popular in the Truckee Tahoe area, and have a retail price of $3,000 on average.
Following the Nixle Alert, informed local citizens advised the Truckee Investigations Unit of possible suspects. In conjunction with open investigative leads, the Truckee Police Department was able to identify two local suspects who were involved.
On January 2, 2013, detectives located and arrested Christopher David Nelson, 30, of Truckee. Nelson was taken into custody and booked at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office for felony theft charges.
The investigation is ongoing and additional suspects are yet to be identified.
A total of 5 Honda 828 snowblowers were stolen over a two month period, mostly from Thanksgiving to Christmas. One snowblower was recovered and returned to the owner. Four other snowblowers are unaccounted for, and could be in use locally.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these stolen snowblowers is encouraged to contact Truckee PD Investigations at 530-550-2323.
The arrest in these snowblower thefts was greatly assisted by the use of Nixle and informed, observant citizens doing their part to report suspicious activity. Truckee PD encourages citizens to become informed by subscribing to the free Nixle Alert Network by visiting www.nixle.com
and signing up.