Last Thursday was a busy day for members of the Riverside Police, sheriff’s department and federal authorities as it was the day they arrested two long-wanted criminals who are believed to be tied to nearly $1 million in amplifier thefts.
A search and arrest warrant was issued at a local residence and a pair of brothers, 46 year-old Matthew Reddick and 34 year-old Tracey Reddick were taken into custody.
Authorities say the cable amplifiers, which are used to boost a signal so multiple phones and televisions can receive service, have been stolen from locations throughout California and Arizona.
Riverside PD representatives say that when one of these devices is stolen it can disable service in hundreds of homes.
And when the crime spree started to spread across state lines, the federal authorities got involved.
They became especially interested in an Oregon-based company that was buying all their goods. Police say it’s still too soon to know whether the purchasing manager was turning a blind eye to the fact the amplifiers were likely stolen or if the thieves tried to cover their tracks.
Either way, the pair is in quite a bit of hot water.
Authorities say they will not be booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center and will instead be sent to a federal jail. It may be several days before bail bonds information becomes available.
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