BEACON TRANSCRIPT – On Thursday, the Northern California authorities arrested a 46-year-old homeless man who allegedly stole a Coors beer truck. The suspect was wearing only a pair of American flag shorts and sneakers. Authorities nabbed the Northern Californian man after an hour-long chase.
Beer Truck Thief Hounded by Helicopter and K-9 Unit
Based on the police report, on Thursday, a truck driver on his way to resupply a liquor store in Santa Rose, parked the vehicle outside the store and went inside. While there, the driver was approached by an individual who told him that a man wearing flag shorts climbed into his truck and made tracks.
The driver immediately contacted the authorities who dispatched a helicopter and a K-9 unit to track down the suspect. Using the truck’s GPS device, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies managed to zero down on the suspect who, apparently, ditched the beer truck on Highway 101.
Several eyewitnesses claimed seeing the suspect climbing down from the truck, jumping over the divider, and fleeing into the bushes.
After arriving at the location, the authorities used the helicopter and the K-9 unit to track down the suspect, later identified as 46-year-old Matt Hermsmeyer. The suspect was later found by the sheriff’s deputies hiding in a nearby bush.
Hermsmeyer was taken into custody and charged with possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, probation violation, and vehicle theft.
The suspect’s criminal record reveals that this isn’t the first time the Northern California man is wanted for auto theft.
Following Hermsmeyer’s arrest, the authorities revealed that the whole action lasted about an hour and that no one was injured after Hermsmeyer drove away with the Coors beer truck.
At the moment, the suspect has been booked in county jail on no bail, with his arraignment pending.
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