Theft goes awry – Auto burglary victims track suspects down |

Theft goes awry – Auto burglary victims track suspects down

Two alleged car burglars were probably surprised Wednesday when the owners of the vehicle they broke into quickly tracked them down and had them arrested.

Because one of the thieves was out on bail for a similar crime and the second had several warrants out for his arrest, their bail was set at $100,000.

Edward Rushing, 33, and Jonathan Edward Matis, 33, were arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and criminal conspiracy. Rushing was also charged with committing a crime while out on bail.

The chain of events began after two Truckee residents who were bicycling in Auburn had their car broken into. When they found out, they called their credit card companies to cancel their cards, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said.

The credit card companies told the victims that their cards had already been used at several businesses in the Higgins Corner area, Royal said. The victims drove to the southern Nevada County intersection, where they got a description of the car the suspects had been driving: A green Jeep Cherokee. Then, in the same area, they saw a Jeep that matched the description of the suspects’ vehicle.

Although the Jeep was locked, Royal said, the victims were able to see their belongings inside. They called the sheriff’s office. When deputies arrived, they called the manager of the store where the credit cards had been used. The store manager confirmed the Jeep was the same and that other property that was inside the vehicle was purchased from his store earlier in the day, Royal said.

While investigating the scene, Rushing and Matis arrived in another vehicle, and the store manager identified the two as the ones who made a purchase at his store. Both were immediately arrested.

Rushing is already facing charges in Nevada County for allegedly burglarizing a south county storage facility twice in January. He is accused of being an accomplice in that crime, which involved the unsuccessful theft of a 700-pound safe.

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