Theft victims help nab car thieves |

Theft victims help nab car thieves

Two alleged car burglars were probably surprised Wednesday, after the owners of the car they broke into 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 saw this, they called their credit card companies to cancel their cards, Sheriff Keith Royal said.

When they called their credit card companies, they were told that the cards had already been used by several business in the Higgins Corner area, Royal said. The victims drove to that business, where they got a description of the car the suspects had been driving: A green Jeep Cherokee. They continued driving, and at the corner of Highway 49 and Combie Road, they saw a Jeep that matched the description of the suspects’ vehicle.

While 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 theirs, 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, and 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.

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