Employee Vehicle Thief Brought to Justice

Feb 10, 2010

A Santa Rosa, Calif., exterminator who went missing with his employer’s truck last month was arrested Feb. 3 in Reno, according to The Press Democrat.

Bryan William Scobey, 35, was arrested after being accused of allegedly stealing a Hitmen Termite and Pest Control truck and tools and trying to sell them. Scobey was being held at Washoe County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Scobey’s employer contacted the sheriff’s department Jan. 13 after he failed to make several work appointments and did not return with his company truck at the end of the work day, sheriff’s officials said. Scobey’s wife, Trina Scobey, 41, filed a missing person’s report after he failed to return home, she said.

What had begun as a missing person’s case turned into a manhunt about a week later after deputies spoke with a man in Yreka who said Scobey allegedly offered to give him the company truck if the man drove with him to Reno.

Detectives then began their successful search for Scobey on suspicion of embezzling a company vehicle and company tools, reported the Democrat.

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