Alert Calaveras County residents held a suspected logging truck thief at gunpoint before sheriff’s deputies arrived to arrest the man, authorities said. Deputies ultimately arrested a suspect and recovered the logging truck, another reported stolen truck and property tied to residential burglaries in the West Point area, according to Sgt. Chris Hewitt of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department.
About a week ago, deputies responded to the 3800 block of Lily Gap Road for a report of suspicious activity.
A logging vehicle belonging to Sierra Pacific Industries had been stolen and crashed through two metal gates. Neighbors heard the noise, and began chasing the vehicle. During the chase, the vehicle became stuck on a hillside. The residents confronted the man, later identified as Roger Gibbings, 42, of West Point, and held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.
A woman, Cena Fillmore, 22, of West Point, was with Gibbings at the time the truck became stuck and ran away. She was later apprehended after deputies received calls from nearby residents.
During their investigation, deputies also found another stolen truck they say was linked to Gibbings. In the truck was property from the residential burglaries, Hewitt said.
Gibbings and Fillmore were booked into Calaveras County Jail on charges of burglary, vehicle theft, vandalism and possession of stolen property. Gibbings also was charged on a felony parole violation.