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Multiple Car Theft Arrests For Recently Released Prison Inmate

A suspected car thief apparently needs a new line of work. At 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon a Redding Police officer spotted a stolen Toyota Scion near Highway 273 and Canyon Road. He tried to pull the car over but it fled south on the highway, east on Ox Yoke and then north on Airport Road. Officers stopped chasing the car out of concern for the safety of other drivers. A CHP helicopter kept tracking the car from above as it turned into a residential neighborhood in the Knighton Road area. The driver took off on foot, so a ground search began with help from Anderson Police and RPD K9 “Dozer”. 24-year-old Michael Alexander Steele was found underneath a trailer in someone’s backyard. He wouldn’t come out so Dozer was sent under the trailer to drag him out. He was taken to a hospital for his dog bites before going to jail. Steele was recently released from prison on Post Release Community Supervision and has since been arrested three times in stolen cars.