Truckee traffic stop leads to drug and theft arrest
A traffic stop in Truckee early Monday morning led to the discovery of narcotics and approximately $10,000 worth of stolen property, according to the Truckee Police Department.
At 2 a.m. Truckee police Officer Arthur Munoz stopped a pickup for failing to stop at the intersection of Donner Pass Road and Coldstream Road. The driver, Harlan Fisher, 33 of Soda Springs, allegedly had symptoms of drug use, according to police reports.
“Officers are trained to detect symptoms,” said Truckee police Lt. Randy Fenn.
The vehicle had expired registration tags and the license plate didn’t belong to the pickup, according to police reports.
“The vehicle wasn’t stolen, using the wrong plates usually means the person is just trying to avoid paying registration,” Fenn said.
On further inspection after the arrest, stolen property and narcotics were discovered in the vehicle, according to police reports.
The stolen items came from 16 different victims who were at a campground in Placer County, police said.
The items included “numerous personal items including tools, electronic equipment, and camping equipment,” Fenn said.
Neither Fenn nor the Placer County Sheriff’s Office had information about where or when the thefts occurred.
Steps to return the stolen property to its owners are underway, Fenn said.
“We are working with Placer County and the campground to track down the people who were staying at the campsite at the time,” he said.
The drugs and a glass smoking pipe with what police believe is narcotic residue are being tested.
Fisher has been charged on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs, and possession of stolen property.
Anyone who believes their belongings are among those stolen from the campground should contact Detective Marty Schoenberg with the Truckee Police Department at 550-2336.