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Thief returns to scene of the crime, arrested by investigator

HENDRICKS, LINUS EDWARD

REDDING, Calif. - A man suspected of stealing from a Redding gas station on Christmas Eve was arrested after he returned to the store while a Redding Police officer was inside investigating the crime. 

According to police, Linus Hendricks broke the front window of the Chevron Gas Station located on Eureka Way and then stole merchandise, including a carton of cigarettes. 

During the course of his investigation, Officer T. Braud reviewed surveillance and noted the distinct clothing of the suspect. The suspect's face was hidden with a blanket. 

Braud began to do a sweep of the business to see if he could locate any clues when he encountered Hendricks. Braud recognized Hendricks from a similar investigation as well as his jacket and shoes which were seen on the surveillance. 

Hendricks was in possession of merchandise that had been stolen, including some of the unopened packs of cigarettes. Officials said that Hendricks denied committing the crime but couldn't tell officers where the cigarettes came from. 

Most of the merchandise was returned to the owner who was in the process of replacing the front window glass. Hendricks was arrested and booked for commercial burglary and for being in possession of drug paraphernalia.

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