A Linda man was arrested for breaking into a vehicle, thanks to the combined efforts of two good Samaritans and the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department. According to Yuba County Sheriff’s Lt. Damon Gill, A Yuba County deputy was driving near the 1200 block of Simpson Lane at about 4:00 p.m. Monday when he saw a subject acting suspicious near the roadway. The deputy made contact with the man, later identified as 40 year old Shawn Wishteyah. Wishteyah was in possession of a computer bag and laptop. A citizen stopped and advised the deputy that he had seen the suspect reach into a vehicle that was parked off of Simpson Lane, and take the computer bag. Wishteyah was arrested on charges of vehicle burglary.
Lt. Gil says many newer electronics such as lap tops and cell phones can be returned if stolen if you activate the device’s theft protection system or download an app.
“They’re equipped with Lojack or other devices. However, for the people that do buy those, they still have to activate those. Quite often when those systems are stolen, the person hasn’t activated them so we’re unable to actually do the traces.”
Lt. Gill says such activation could have helped in the return of the stolen lap top recently in Yuba County, but it was a Good Samaritan that came to the rescue instead.