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Date and Time of Release: 4 Oct. 2010

Date and Time of Incident: 2 Oct. 2010, at approx. 11:53 pm

Subject: Theft Arrest
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2 Oct. 2010, at approx. 11:53 pm, the Sonora Police Department received a report that somebody had just stolen a pair of saddle bags from a motorcycle parked in the parking lot of the Days Inn Hotel. A description was given of a possible suspect vehicle.

A few minutes later, an Officer from the Sonora Police Department located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle. The officer contacted the driver who was identified as Ernest Costa, 48 of Chinese Camp; and the passenger, who was identified as Tommy Lee Smith, 46 of Modesto, who is on parole. The stolen saddle bags were located in the bed of the truck, in plain view.

Both Costa and Smith were taken into custody without incident and booked at the Tuolumne County Jail.

Costa was booked for;
Felony grand theft
Felony possession of stolen property
Felony possession of methamphetamine

Smith was booked for;
Felony possession of stolen property
Felony violation of parole