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Man arrested on suspicion of multiple auto thefts may have similar charges in Nevada

Josh Staab
jstaab@sierrasun.com

Dustin Michael Ball, 26, of Pinole, Calif., was arrested early Monday morning in connection with multiple vehicle thefts in and around the Truckee area, Truckee police said.

Truckee Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for a series of crimes, including the theft of multiple vehicles across Northern California and Nevada.

Around 1 a.m. Monday, an officer observed Dustin Michael Ball, 26, of Pinole, Calif., entering a parking lot.

According to police, Ball appeared to be casing the area, driving around several closed establishments.

As Ball left the parking lot, police say he did so at a high rate of speed, in what they believe was an attempt to throw the pursuant officer off of his trail.

Ball was seen driving erratically, driving from one street to another with what appeared to be no discernable destination, according to police.

Police continued to follow Ball to Comstock Court, where he stopped the vehicle in a dark area in what appeared to be an attempt to hide, according to police.

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When police finally stopped Ball, the officer reportedly asked him why he appeared to be driving the way he had been.

"He claimed to be looking for a place to say, but could not explain his driving behavior," police said.

After running a search on the vehicle Ball was driving, the officer discovered it had just been stolen from the Truckee area, but had not yet been reported, according to police.

Upon returning to the area where Ball had allegedly stolen the vehicle in Truckee, officers located another vehicle, recently reported stolen in Oakland. Inside that vehicle were several items that connected Ball to that vehicle as well as crimes that had occurred in the Reno area, including theft of another vehicle.

Though Ball invoked his right to silence, said TPD Sergeant Robert Womack, he had spoken to officers on topics that at the time seemed to make no sense, but started painting a larger picture as police continued their investigation.

"Information he issued last night suddenly started making sense," Womack said.

Ball faces at least 14 charges, including felony charges of vehicle theft, forging/altering vehicle registration and being in possession of stolen property with a value of more than $400. Womack noted with charges pending in Reno, Ball's list of suspected crimes could increase.

Ball is being held in Nevada County's Sheriff's Office on bail set at $22,500.