A cell phone led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle and the apprehension of three suspects in Del Norte after an alleged carjacking in Humboldt.
On Saturday night, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office traced to Del Norte a cell phone that was stolen along with a 1999 Acura sedan, Del Norte County sheriff's Commander Bill Steven said.
The trace was conducted by using the radio signal of the phone to determine the last place it had bounced a signal off a cell phone tower, Steven said.
"(The trace) indicated it was somewhere near the harbor," said Steven.
The Humboldt Sheriff's Office then contacted the Del Norte Sheriff's Office to search for the stolen vehicle, but nothing was found, Steven said.
Deputies then began to canvas Crescent City, Steven said.
Sheriff's Deputy Richard Griffin eventually came across the stolen vehicle near a multi-housing unit on the corner of Cooper Avenue and Butte Street, Steven said.
"He did a little investigating to figure out which units they were in and found them," said Steven.
Three people were arrested on suspicion of auto theft: Crescent City residents Romeo B. Glaze, 25, and Jennifer M. Steinhoff, 30 and Arcata resident Tony B. Read, 35, who was also arrested on a warrant for a parole violation.
Glaze and Steinhoff were released from jail on their own recognizance while Read was given a no-bail hold and extradited to Humboldt County on Wednesday.
Authorities also found a .22 caliber pistol in the stolen vehicle that they suspect was used in the carjacking of the Acura.
A spokesperson for the Humboldt Sheriff's Office refused to release any information about the carjacking.
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