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NPU Arrests Alleged Drug Addict Who Was Breaking Into Cars Downtown

Redding’s Neighborhood Police Unit is proving to be an effective tool in reducing crime. Tuesday evening at 5:50PM officers on foot patrol contacted several business owners in the downtown promenade. Police say that during the patrols a suspicious man was seen shining a flash light through the windows of a closed business. Police detained 19-year-old Wade Michael Smith and he allegedly told officers is a daily Methamphetmine user and that he trades stolen goods for food and drugs. Smith apparently told officers how he would break into vehicles in the downtown area looking for things to steal. He said that he would try to break into at least one car per day. Smith showed officers a car he had attempted to break into earlier in the day that was parked in the downtown garage, and said he had stolen from at least five different cars in the garage over the past month. According to police, Smith told them that he would target vehicles where people had left valuables in plain view. He was booked into the Shasta County Jail.