Police officers recover stolen vehicle

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department recovered a suspected stolen vehicle Sunday evening.

According to an RPD press release, a white Ford Fusion was reported stolen out of Inyo County earlier that afternoon. Officer John Bartlett reportedly located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the 700 block of North Florence Street.

He arrested a female driver for possession of stolen property, but her charges were downgraded to driving with a suspended license when officers learned that Joshua Watterson, 39, was reportedly the one who drove the vehicle to Ridgecrest without the owner’s permission.

Police located Watterson at a residence in the 300 block of North Norma Street where he was arrested. He was booked at the Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield and charged with vehicular theft. Additional case information was not available at press time.

Story First Published: 2018-11-21