Placer County Sheriff: Man finds his stolen vehicle, catches someone trying to steal it again
Originally published 3-3-22 via Facebook
by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office:
“Shortly before 10 a.m. on February 26th, the Placer County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a call from a victim who had located his stolen vehicle in unincorporated Lincoln.
The victim also reported he observed a man trying to steal the vehicle. While on the phone with dispatch, the victim ordered the suspect not to leave, but the suspect jumped into his personal vehicle and tried starting it with a drill bit. The victim tried to stop the suspect from leaving when he was struck with the drill bit, causing a laceration above his eye. The suspect then took off on foot on Ranch House Road.
Deputies arriving at the scene immediately set up a perimeter and began searching for the suspect. With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol’s Air 23 helicopter, Yuba County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, Wheatland Police Department, and CAL FIRE law enforcement, the suspect was located laying on his back in a vineyard. He was initially uncooperative but was brought into compliance with the help of Yuba County’s K-9.
The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Nicholaus Riggins of Roseville, was arrested by Placer County Sheriff’s deputies for attempted vehicle theft and assault with a deadly weapon. We thank our law enforcement partners for assisting in Riggins’ arrest and want to remind the public to please let law enforcement handle criminal acts; the victim is fortunate in this case to not have been more severely injured.”