After arrest by NPU, accused prowler details burglary habits
Police arrested a 19-year-old Redding man who claims to have attempted to burglarize at least one vehicle every day over the past year.
The Redding Neighborhood Policing Unit arrested Wade Michael Smith on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, prowling and attempted vehicle burglary.
The Redding Police Department's NPU was conducting foot patrols just before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday when they observed Smith shining a flashlight through windows of closed businesses. Smith admitted to police that he is a daily drug user and trades stolen property for food and drugs.
According to an RPD press release, Smith directed officers to the downtown parking garage where he confessed to attempting to force his way into a vehicle. He said he had stolen from at least five separate vehicles in the same parking garage over the past month.
Smith told police he targets vehicles that are left unlocked as well as those with valuable items in plain view. During the investigation he claimed to have made efforts to get into at least one vehicle every day over the past year in Redding.
Smith was booked into Shasta County Jail.