A 26-year-old Washington man has been arrested for allegedly stealing four used tires from Tire Choice auto service centers, 85 Hilltop Village Center Drive, Eureka. The tires were valued at $ 200, Eureka police reported.
Officers were called around 2:30 p.m. on December 3 after the used tires were collected from a container that is collected once a week by an outside contractor. The manager told the agent that two men came to the company at around 2:20 p.m. in a black 2006 Dodge Charger, and one of the men got out of the car and started asking the manager for tire prices. as the driver backed up to storage. container, according to the report.
The driver would then get out of the Charger and put four tires in the trunk of the car. The other man then got in the car and they drove off, Eureka police reported.
The official provided officers with a Charger license plate number and, using traffic cameras, police saw the car driving down Fifth Street near Central Avenue at 2:10 p.m. and 2:25 p.m. on the day of the theft, according to the report.
The manager called the police again on December 4 and told them that a woman had called the auto repair shop and identified the man who allegedly took the tires. Based on the woman’s description, the manager identified a potential suspect from a series of photos, Eureka police said.
The suspect was found in Washington and he agreed to come to the Eureka police station. When he arrived around 4 p.m. on December 4, he reportedly said he hadn’t been to Eureka in months, didn’t know where Tire Choice was, and didn’t know why the woman claimed he had taken the tires, according to the report.
The suspect also said he did not know the passenger in the car from the day the tires were stolen. Police showed him a photo of the man talking to the manager, and he allegedly said he could not identify the man, according to the report.
When investigators told the suspect a woman called the auto store and said she knew the man seen in the photo talking to the manager, the suspect got angry. In addition, the suspect allegedly refused to complete a statement, claiming he did not write well, Eureka police reported.
The man was ordered to appear and appear in city court, Lt. Michael Werges said.
As of December 16, the tires had not been recovered and the passenger in the car at the time of the alleged theft had not been identified.