Public played role in burglary arrest
Monday, March 17, 2014 — At about 6:50 a.m. Feb. 19, alert members of the community who were walking on the river trail, observed what they believed to be suspicious activity at a commercial construction site in the 2900 block of Riverside Drive and called the police.
Officers from the Susanville Police Department responded and began an investigation that showed a burglary and attempted grand theft occurred. The officers, with the assistance of the witnesses, were ultimately able to identify a suspect.
During the investigation, officers learned the suspect cut locks on at least one construction trailer on site, and began gathering the power tools on a tarp. This activity seemed to be suspicious to those in the area. The quick response and reporting to the police prevented the suspect from accomplishing the task of stealing the valuable power tools.
Investigators collected evidence, interviewed witnesses and the suspect. Information gained resulted in the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of the suspect, Timothy Holbrook, 36, of Susanville. On March 12 Holbrook was arrested at his residence on First Street without incident. He was booked into the Lassen County Jail and is currently being held on $20,000 bail.
The public played an integral role in this investigation. Their willingness to report suspicious activity to the authorities was significant in resolving this case.
The case has been referred to the Lassen County District Attorney’s office for review.