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Man arrested for string of thefts

Courtesy of the Redding Police Department

REDDING, Calif. - Police arrested Joshua A. Ellis, 26 of Redding, Sunday night in connection to a string of thefts in Redding.

Police said Friday at approximately 9 p.m., officers responded to a report of petty theft in the 1600 block of Hilltop Drive. A man reported that his wallet, driver license, cash and two credit cards were taken from his vehicle while he was at work between noon and 5 p.m.

Police said Ellis charged more than 700 hundred dollars to the credit cards within hours of the crime. Officers searched the area but were unable to find him.

Sunday morning, police were called to the 2100 block of Hemingway Street in Redding in regards to reports of a vehicle theft. A man told officers that his Ford Ranger and several work tools and personal articles had been stolen.

Sunday night at approximately 9 p.m., a police officer found the Ford Ranger in the Redding Walmart parking lot. Police said Ellis exited the vehicle and started walking away. Officers stopped him and he was taken into custody.

Police found the stolen property along with 20 hypodermic syringes and a scale used to weigh drugs. They said an investigation revealed the needles were meant to inject heroin.

Ellis was arrested for possession of stolen property and a stolen vehicle.

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