Placer County Sheriff Arrest Female Suspect in Car Wash Theft, Seeking Male Suspect
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Turlock man wanted for felony vandalism and theft at a Colfax car wash that took place early this morning, Monday, August 18, according to an official press release.
Detectives are reportedly actively looking for Shane Schmidt, 39, who is on probation out of Turlock. Schmidt is reportedly on post-release community supervision and was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt with a white emblem, pants of an unknown color, and black and white tennis shoes. Placer County Sheriff describes Schmidt as 6-foot tall, weighing 200 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information regarding Schmidt’s location is urged to call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office at 530-889-7800.
According to Placer County Sheriff, this morning’s vandalism and theft at the car wash took place at 4 am. As a deputy was reportedly responding to a burglary alarm at the car wash, the business’ owner was watching a man drilling coin boxes on a remote surveillance feed. A few minutes later, a deputy reportedly spotted the suspect and a female accomplice at a nearby gas station in Colfax. The man — later identified as Schmidt — led the deputy on a foot pursuit and got away.
The female suspect reportedly ran to a vehicle and left the area. Another deputy spotted the vehicle driving on I-80 westbound in Auburn and attempted to pull the car over, however the driver refused to stop. The female suspect reportedly drove at high speeds until a Roseville police officer was able to deploy a spike strip near Douglas Boulevard. The female suspect finally stopped on the interstate between Riverside and Antelope Roads and was arrested.
Sandra Byrd, 35, of Turlock was reportedly arrested on charges of evading arrest, driving with a suspended license, and resisting arrest. She was booked at the Placer County Jail.