Suspected Forest Service fee station thief arrested
REDDING, Calif. - Law enforcement arrested a man who was suspected of stealing from fee stations in the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area on Friday morning. Around 12:50 a.m., on March 17, a law enforcement officer with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest arrested a 23-year-old man suspected of stealing cash from multiple fee stations at developed recreation sites located within the recreation area. The US Forest Service had received multiple reports of fee stations being targeted by thieves throughout much of the winter. An investigation into these reports led to the Friday arrest and the suspect was booked into the Shasta County Jail. "The funds collected from these fee tubes go back to maintaining the developed recreation sites in the Forest. It is unfortunate that there will be less funds for maintenance now," said Patrol Captain Carson Harris. "Therefore the real victims in this particular crime are the outdoor enthusiasts and the public who take part in enjoying our public lands."
According to officials, the US Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations organization takes the theft of these fee tubes very seriously and will investigate any legitimate claims to the fullest.