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Auto Burglary Suspects Caught

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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On the afternoon of May 12th, park dispatch received a 911 call from park visitors who had witnessed an auto burglary at the Brandy Creek Falls trailhead. These visitors saw the thieves jump into a white Nissan car and speed away from the scene. They followed and gave dispatch a partial license plate number. A ranger was able to follow the suspect vehicle, give dispatch the full license plate number, and determine that there were at least three people in the vehicle. The driver declined to stop when the ranger activated his emergency lighting, so a decision was made to conduct a high risk stop on the east end of the Whiskeytown Dam. This section of roadway has continuous guard railings on both sides, and a second ranger was able to block the roadway. The car was therefore boxed in. Two more rangers arrived on scene and the three people were removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. Two of the three had knives in their pockets, which were seized. One admitted to having a handgun in the trunk and another to having needles in the same location. The three suspects were identified as Angela C. Hosley, Wendy Jo Thomas and Keith D. Gonzalez. Gonzalez had been arrested three times since January in Shasta County and had two felony warrants out against him for drug violations – one for $250,000. Numerous stolen items, a handgun, drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle. All three were booked into the Shasta County jail on charges of auto burglary and possession of stolen property. Gonzalez had his bail set at $535,000 and Angela Hosley’s had hers set at $10,000. The threesome may have been involved in numerous other auto burglaries on nearby BLM sites and other areas in Shasta County. Since February, Whiskeytown has had over 19 reported auto burglaries.



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