Authorities in Red Bluff, Calif., are looking for information about who broke into Red Bluff Power Sports early Saturday morning, took two Polaris Rangers and trashed them both.
Police went on an alarm call to the business at 5:17 a.m. While on the call, they received a report that someone had spotted an ATV driving over the back fence of the lot. Another caller a few minutes later reported the ATV was seen near some nearby railroad tracks.
Officers from the Red Bluff Police Department and the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department searched for the suspects, as well as calling out a California Highway Patrol helicopter from the Redding area to help with the search. Officers couldn’t find the SSV or the culprits.
The dealership manager met with officers and determined two Polaris Rangers were missing from the storage yard.
Someone called the Red Bluff PD at about 7:25 a.m., and reported seeing an ATV stuck on the railroad tracks - in the path of an oncoming train.
“The engineer of the southbound train was unable to stop and collided with the ATV,” according to a police press release. That one was totaled. Further investigation revealed that the suspect(s) got it stuck on the tracks when leaving Red Bluff Power Sports.
Later that afternoon, authorities found the second SSV submerged in Red Bank Creek just east of Highway 99W. It had sustained major damage.
The dealership belongs to Paula and Steve McCarley, who also own Redding Yamaha and Woodland Powersports.
Paula McCarley told the Red Bluff Daily News it appeared that what set off multiple alarms was someone ramming one of the ATVs into the fence to get it off the lot.
The suspect or suspets are still at large. Anyone with information is asked to call the Red Bluff Police Department at (530) 527-3131.