Stolen truck alert leads to foot pursuit |

Stolen truck alert leads to foot pursuit

Grass Valley Police officers converged on the McKnight Crossing shopping center Thursday afternoon after receiving a stolen truck alert.

Two people were eventually arrested after a foot pursuit involving the driver, Police Capt. Steve Johnson said.

Grass Valley Police officers have LoJack stolen vehicle recovery systems in their patrol vehicles, Johnson explained. An officer received an alert at about 12:45 p.m. that a Toyota pickup reported stolen out of Woodland was in the area of the shopping center on West McKnight Way and began looking for the truck.

“The vehicle was located and a traffic stop was conducted,” Johnson said. “Two passengers were detained but the driver fled on foot.”

Police officers chased the man through the parking lot toward the PG&E yard on Taylorville Road before he was taken into custody, Johnson said.

The driver was identified as Christopher Gildner, 38, of Stockton. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle and for resisting arrest. Gildner is also facing charges of possession of a false license plate because the truck had a license plate stolen from Washington, and for possession of burglary tools because he had several shaved car keys, Johnson said. Gildner’s bail was not available as of press time.

Passenger Heather Kaderabek, 32, of Santa Cruz, was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen license plates, and possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. She was being held in lieu of $13,000 bail.

The other passenger was a Nevada County resident and was not charged. Gildner and Kaderabek reportedly had come to the area today to meet up with the man, who was not identified, in order to purchase methamphetamine.

“We don’t believe he had anything to do with the vehicle theft,” Johnson said.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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