Candidate’s stolen truck recovered |

Candidate’s stolen truck recovered

Nevada County’s highest-profile truck was stolen late Monday afternoon from its parking spot on Highway 49.

Drew Bedwell, a candidate for supervisor in the 3rd District, returned home from precinct walking and noticed that his red truck with two 4-by-8-foot campaign signs in the bed was not where he had parked it near Tall Pines Mobilehome Park.

Bedwell said he called the California Highway Patrol to report the theft.

CHP officers in San Francisco stopped the alleged thief at 7 p.m. during a routine traffic stop, Bedwell said.

“It was just lucky,” he said. “I’m relieved they found it.”

Bedwell went to San Francisco Tuesday to pick up his truck. He had to use a Phillips head screwdriver to start the vehicle because of damage to the console.

The truck has been a fixture at community and government meetings dealing with development of the county’s long-term planning program, Natural Heritage 2020, which Bedwell opposes.

Bedwell recently placed his campaign signs over “No on NH 2020” protest signs. All four signs – valued at $550 – are missing, but it only cost Bedwell $200 to get the car out of San Francisco’s custody.

Bedwell bought the 1985 Toyota in 1987; it has 212,000 miles on it.

California Highway Patrol officials in Nevada County and San Francisco could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Bedwell said the suspect’s arraignment was scheduled in Oakland today. Bedwell said CHP officers told him the man had a record and friends in Nevada County.

“I’m dying to know who his friends are,” Bedwell said.

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