The Paso Robles Police arrested a man on Wednesday who allegedly stole a shotgun from a residence and displayed it to others.
According to PRPD, they started responding to phone calls regarding reports of a man displaying a gun in their neighborhoods near Trigo Lane and Creston Road.
The first call, which was anonymous, came in at approximately 10:19 p.m. Tuesday night. The caller reported seeing a man carrying a gun along the 500 block of Creston Road.
The second phone call, which came in at approximately 11:25 p.m., was from an identified resident who reported a man carrying and brandishing a shotgun while trespassing in his Trigo Lane backyard.
One of the last calls, which was also from an identified victim who lived along the 600 block of Trigo Lane, reported they were the victim of a residential burglary where the suspect had stolen their shotgun.
According to PRPD, every time officers arrived to the area, the suspect managed to elude them by running through backyards and hiding.
Investigators attempted to find out the source of the original anonymous call and eventually determined the phone belonged to Nathan Adkins, 30, of Paso Robles.
Investigators state Adkins has a previous arrest history with the PRPD for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Officers prepared photo lineups of Adkins and showed his picture to victims.
The victims all positively identified Adkins as the person stealing and brandishing the shotgun.
It is unknown to investigators why Adkins initially reported himself to police.
PRPD officers enlisted the aid of cellular phone service providers to track Adkins via his GPS enabled mobile phone.
Officers located Adkins hiding under a pick-up truck along the 300 block of Veronica Drive.
Adkins told officers where to find the stolen shotgun. It was hidden in some bushes along the 400 block of Veronica Drive.
Adkins was arrested at approximately 1:41 a.m. He was transported and booked at San Luis Obispo County jail for felony residential burglary, a felony for being a felon in possession of a firearm, felony possession of stolen property and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.