SANTA ROSA – According to a community bulletin issued by the Santa Rosa Area California Highway Patrol (CHP), on Tuesday, May 10th, a citizen reported that he had located his stolen flatbed utility trailer on a property in Northwest Santa Rosa. Officers arriving at the property spotted the stolen trailer as they attempted to make contact with the resident.
When asked about the trailer, the resident claimed to have recently purchased it. The suspect was detained while officers investigated and found that a pickup truck parked directly in front of the trailer was also reported stolen. A second stolen trailer was also located near where the other stolen vehicles were parked.
Detectives from the Sonoma County Auto Theft Task Force were called to the scene to assist in the investigation. The suspect was subsequently arrested for possession of the two stolen trailers and the truck. A search warrant was served to further search the property and residence. During the search, stolen ranch equipment was found as well as other stolen property and three illegal assault weapons and a handgun.
While searching the basement garage area, detectives found evidence that indicated the space was being utilized to manufacture honey oil, a highly concentrated marijuana product. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives were also called to the scene and assumed further investigation of the lab.
The suspect was identified as 36-year-old Travis Chechile of Santa Rosa. He was booked for numerous counts of auto theft, being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of illegal assault rifles, possession of stolen property, and narcotics manufacturing.