Alleged car thief’s discarded clothing leads RPD K-9 straight to suspect

REDDING — Already on probation for vehicle theft, a Redding man was arrested once again after being caught in a stolen vehicle Friday evening, Oct. 18.

Although the probationer fled from officers, leading to a large-scale manhunt in and around the Starlite Mobile Estates at 1221 Cypress Ave., the felon was eventually apprehended after a police K-9 tracked the man down using items of clothing he had discarded as he fled.


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Last night’s incident began shortly before 10 p.m., when a Redding police officer spotted a car he recognized as a possible stolen vehicle, Redding Police Corporal Rob Garnero later reported. As the officer watched, the vehicle entered a parking lot and parked outside the Golden One Credit Union at 1040 E. Cypress Ave.

While the officer conducted a records check of the vehicle, described as a maroon-colored Ford SUV, he observed a man exit the SUV and use the bank’s ATM.

The records check quickly confirmed the vehicle had been reported stolen.

Despite fleeing from officers, Troy Farrare was arrested after a police K-9 used items of clothing the fleeing felon discarded while running from officers, to track the man to where he was hiding inside Starlite Mobile Estates. RPD photo

As the man, later identified as Troy Farrare, 30, of Redding, walked back toward the stolen SUV he spotted the officer approaching and immediately fled the area on foot, running southbound through the parking lot and into an empty field, according to Garnero. 

Despite chasing Farrare through the parking lot and adjacent field, the officer soon lost sight of the fleeing man, who discarded several articles of clothing as he was running.

Numerous Redding PD officers, along with K-9 “Dozer” and a CHP helicopter, converged on the area; quickly establishing a perimeter surrounding the area where Farrare was last seen running.

Using a hat and sweatshirt the suspect discarded while fleeing from the officer, K-9 Dozer quickly picked up the man’s scent and began tracking him.

The scent track led to the Starlite Mobile Estates where officers conducted an “extensive search” of the large location, which features nearly 190 homes.

With assistance from Starlite Estate residents, officers followed K-9 Dozer’s nose to a porch outside one of the homes, where Farrare was found hiding.

He was subsequently taken into custody without further incident, according to Garnero.

After his arrest, officers booked Farrare into Shasta County Jail on Suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, obstructing and resisting officers and violation of probation.

Anyone with further information related to this incident and investigation, or who has information regarding Farrare’s alleged criminal activities is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 19R063999 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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