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Three Arrested After Hundreds of Batteries Stolen and Sold to Northstate Recycling

By Stephanie Vatz, Online Manager
Published On: Apr 30 2013 08:34:44 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

An email group designed to tip off law enforcement about crime involving recycling materials helped Redding police make three arrests on Tuesday.

Redding police investigators were told via the email group called, "Recycle Crimes" that on Apr. 27, 562 lbs. of batteries were sold to Northstate Recycling by 33-year-old Jacob Cassidy.

The same day the investigators received the tip, they detained Cassidy at Northstate Recycling where he was attempting to sell copper wire while his associate, Derwood Donaldson, 36, waited outside in the car.

Donaldson was arrested later that day for a felony drug possession warrant.

Investigators also conducted a probation search at Cassidy's house where they found 27-year-old Amanda Nicole Jenkins. The home contained stolen property including a boat motor and several chainsaws as well as drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Donaldson, Cassidy and Jenkins were all interviewed and police determined that the 562 lbs. of batteries were stolen from a Tullis Construction trailer on Interstate 5.

The three were all booked in the Shasta County Jail – Donaldson for the warrant as well as criminal conspiracy and buying or receiving copper wire, Jenkins for drug possession and Cassidy for buying or receiving copper wire used by a public utility service, criminal conspiracy and drug possession.