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Shasta County Teens Inspired by Movie to Rob Two Businesses

Published On: Oct 08 2012 08:03:07 PM CDT

Geisler, right; Neau, left.

PALO CEDRO, Calif. -

Two Shasta County teens told investigators they were inspired by movies to burglarize two businesses when they were arrested early yesterday morning in Palo Cedro.

As you guys mentioned, the teens told deputies they used tactics that they learned from movies like Tower Heist, the movie that the suspects, 18-year-old Kaishla Geisler and 18-year-old Tyler Neau, said inspired their break-ins.

Deputies said they call this the "CSI effect" and that there are actually quite a few people that will admit to getting ideas from movies or television shows.

They said the two recent Shasta High School graduates broke into Farrell's Dentistry and the North Valley Bank in Palo Cedro on Tuesday.

The suspects allegedly disabled the alarm at the dentist's office, stole a small amount of cash, then broke through the wall and attic area to drop down into the bank, which is next door.

They left with some coins from the teller's drawers and tried and failed to break into the ATM.

Early yesterday morning power was shut off at the same North Valley Bank.

When deputies arrived say they saw the pair take off in a car and try to get away.
Neau and Geisler crashed the car and ran off but they turned themselves in shortly afterward.

Deputies said Geisler has since bailed out.

As of now, they are both being charged with three counts of commercial burglary, criminal conspiracy, and felony evading.