REDDING – Police announced the arrest of a burglary suspect, and are still looking for his female accomplice after they drove a motor home through a fence and ended up hiding in a garage.
Redding detectives had been investigating burglaries that had occurred last week at two businesses on Victor Avenue between East Cypress and Hartnell Avenues. They were able to determine, based on the proximity and evidence left at the scenes, that the same suspects were very likely responsible for both break-ins.
On Sunday morning, about 5:30, police got a call reporting that a man and woman were seen acting suspicious near a motor home parked on Tarmac Road, just a few blocks from the earlier burglaries. The people had left by the time officers responded to the area, but they had both left the scene. It was soon discovered that the motor home had been stolen from the parking lot behind Tax Associates Xcetera, located near the corner of Victor and E. Cypress, near the other burglaries. It appeared that the vehicle had been driven through a chain link fence to get it off the property.
Less that two hours later, on nearby Airstrip Road, a woman reported to police that she had found a man and woman hiding in her garage. They both ran again, but police caught up with the man, 38-year-old Louis Ray Sanchez from Redding, but across town in the northern area. His partner managed to get away, and is still being sought. She has not been identified at this point. Sanchez had in his possession property from both the motor home and the earlier commercial burglaries.
Sanchez was booked into the Shasta County jail on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of narcotic paraphernalia and unlawful personal identification. He was also booked for outstanding bench warrants. He will also likely be charged with grand theft-motorhome. Sanchez had been arrested last December on possession of narcotics and paraphernalia, burglary tools, and ammunition. He followed that with a post Christmas arrest for being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Anyone who may have more information about the goings on of Louis Ray Sanchez, or know the whereabouts of his partner in crime is encouraged to call Redding Police at 530-225-4214.