Photo: Clearlake PD
Originally published 2-19-21 via Facebook
by the Clearlake Police Department:
“On February 17, 2021, Anthony Schweitzer, 28, Lakeport, was arrested by Clearlake police officers for possession of a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine and for being under the influence of narcotics. He was booked into the Lake County Jail but soon released.
On February 18, 2021, after his release from custody from the Lake County Jail, Schweitzer is believed to have stolen a vehicle in Lakeport which was left running to warm up. The vehicle contained several credit cards in the vehicle owner’s name. Schweitzer then drove the vehicle to Clearlake and parked it. He attempted to use the stolen victim’s credit cards at a gas station but was unsuccessful.
Lakeport Police Department officers learned of the credit card usage and alerted Clearlake officers of the situation. The vehicle was quickly located near the gas station by a community service officer along with evidence linking Schweitzer to the vehicle. The vehicle was returned to the owner.
A short time later, Schweitzer returned to gas station where an employee spotted him, but now associated with another vehicle, and notified police. An alert Clearlake police officer spotted the vehicle at Walmart and Schweitzer was taken into custody without incident. He was found to be in possession of the stolen credit cards, the stolen vehicle’s keys, and other property from the stolen vehicle. He was booked back into the Lake County Jail.
We are grateful for the collaboration between the agencies and the community that resulted in the return of the vehicle and apprehension of the suspect.”