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Surveillance video helps police nab car break-in suspect

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Apr 25 2014 11:51:56 AM CDT
(img1)Break-n caught on tape.

REDDING, Calif. -

The suspect in a series of car break-ins that were caught on tape, has been arrested by Redding Police.  Timothy Brickner, a 24-year-old transient in the Redding area, was arrested Thursday morning after police got a tip that he was walking on Westside Road.

Police said a surveillance video aired by KRCR News Channel 7 helped them identify Brickner as the suspect.

The victim brought provided KRCR News Channel 7 with the video on April 16, hoping to help catch the suspect that stole items from unlocked vehicles in the 3300 block of Nicolet Lane in Redding.  

In the video, you could see a man stealing several items from the vehicles, including snowboarding and outdoor recreation equipment, with an estimated value of more than $1,500.

Several citizens and police investigators recognized the suspect as Timothy Brickner.  He has very distinctive light blonde hair, which aided in his identification.

Redding Police Investigators searched for Brickner, but they were unable to locate him.  Most of the stolen property was later found discarded in the vicinity of Westwood Motors at 6750 Westside Road.

Around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Redding Police Investigators received a tip that Timothy Brickner was walking on Westside Road, in the area of Westwood Motors.  Investigators responded to the area, where they saw Timothy Brickner and two other men walking into the Carl's Jr. restaurant in Westwood Village.

Brickner was arrested for grand theft and a violation of felony probation.  Police said he confessed to stealing the property.  He told investigators he discarded the stolen property after seeing his image on the evening news. He also told investigators he was addicted to heroin.

The two men with Timothy Brickner were identified as Timothy's brother, Jacob Brickner, age 22, a Redding area transient, and Fred Surber, age 21, a recently arrived transient from Tehama County.  Both of these subjects had outstanding felony warrants.

All three subjects were transported to the Shasta County Jail for booking.