Jun 13, 2018

GPS tracker results in stolen vehicle from Fortuna being located in real time

On June 13, 2018, at about 2:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received information that a vehicle stolen from a Fortuna business was on Apple Lane in Redway. The stolen vehicle was outfitted with an owner-installed GPS tracker.

The tracker provided real-time location information, which was relayed to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center.

Sheriff’s Deputies and the California Highway Patrol were able to locate the vehicle using the GPS information and followed it onto Alderpoint Road. The California Highway Patrol took over as the primary agency as a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit continued for approximately 20 minutes. The solo-occupant, 23-year-old Maxwell Thomas Elliott of Rio Dell, stopped the vehicle on River Road and fled on foot. He was quickly apprehended.

Elliott was arrested on a felony warrant for vehicle theft, prohibited person in possession of ammunition, buying or receiving a stolen vehicle, in addition to three counts of prison priors, PC667.5(b).

This is a no-bail warrant. Additionally Elliott was booked on fresh charges of evading a peace officer and buying or receiving a stolen vehicle.

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