A California Highway Patrol officer found a 55-inch television, an iPad and other property purchased with stolen credit cards when he stopped a car without matching license plates Sunday morning in Santa Rosa. CHP Officer Brad Wood noticed a red Acura he was passing on southbound U.S. Highway 101 near Bicentennial Way in Santa Rosa around 8:20 a.m. had two different license plates, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.
Wood followed the car and stopped it at College Avenue and Morgan Street. While speaking to the driver, Amber Dillon, 25, of Arbuckle, and passenger, Jesse James Rodriguez, 38, of West Sacramento, Wood noticed the car’s steering column was broken, Sloat said. Wood learned Dillon had a $25,000 felony warrant out of Butte County, and after searching the Acura, Wood found the television, iPad and other items that were purchased that morning at Walmart stores in Windsor and Rohnert Park, Sloat said.
CHP officers also found a purse and wallet with credit cards belonging to a third party that had been stolen from a vehicle in Santa Rosa, Sloat said. The investigation determined the items were purchased with the stolen credit cards, Sloat said. Dillon and Rodriguez were arrested and booked in the Sonoma County jail for possession of stolen property, using a stolen credit card, presenting a false license plate and possession of prescription not in their name. Dillon also was booked for driving on a suspended license, Sloat said.
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