Police catch car thief

Police catch car thiefBy BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer

Ridgecrest police pfficers have arrested a suspect for reportedly stealing a pickup truck from its owner’s residence earlier this month.

According to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, officers responded to the theft in the 200 block of West Rader Avenue just before 5 a.m. on Aug. 2 after the truck was reported missing by its owner, who said the vehicle must have been stolen from his driveway during the night.

The following day, Officers Timothy Plunkett and Elizabeth Franco observed a vehicle matching the stolen truck’s description while they were on patrol near the 100 block of South China Lake Boulevard at around 1:45 a.m. According to the report, the license plates had been removed, and officers noticed the outline of a sticker that had recently been removed.

Officers set up a traffic stop where they arrested suspect Justin Ray Turner-Gollehon, a 29-year-old Bakersfield resident.

While searching the vehicle, officers reportedly found suspected methamphetamine and controlled substance paraphernalia. A follow-up investigation led officers to a local motel where Turner-Gollehon was reportedly staying. There they recovered additional property alleged to be stolen.

Turner-Gollehon is facing felony charges for receiving known stolen property and vehicle theft in addition to misdemeanors for possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia.

His bail was set at $52,500 with a bail review set for 10:30 a.m., Aug. 13 in Ridgecrest. His preliminary hearing is set for 10:30 a.m., Aug. 15.

Story First Published: 2019-08-09