Santa Rosa man arrested for vehicle theft and narcotic charges after equipment breakdown

SANTA ROSA (BCN) — A call to an equipment rental company led to the arrest of a Santa Rosa man on vehicle theft, weapons and drug charges Tuesday, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Travis Chechile, 36, rented an excavator from Aaction Rents, and when it broke down on his Fulton Road property in Santa Rosa, he called the company to send someone to fix it, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

The Aaction Rents employee who responded recognized a flatbed utility trailer on Chechile’s property that had been stolen in Rohnert Park in December from a friend. The employee contacted the friend who then called the CHP, Sloat said.

When the CHP responded around 11 a.m. to the Fulton Road property north of Piner Road in northwest Santa Rosa, they contacted Chechile who claimed he had recently purchased the trailer, Sloat said.

While checking the trailer, CHP officers learned a pickup truck in front of the trailer and a second trailer on the property also had been reported stolen in December, Sloat said.

Chechile was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft when the Sonoma County Auto Theft Task Force arrived to investigate and search the property, Sloat said.

During the search, a stolen all-terrain vehicle was found in the front yard, and three illegal assault weapons, a handgun and other stolen property was seized from the residence, Sloat said.

Detectives found marijuana that was being used in a basement garage to make honey oil, and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives arrived to investigate the drug lab, Sloat said.

Chechile was booked in the Sonoma County Jail for auto theft, being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of illegal assault rifles, stolen property and narcotics manufacturing, Sloat said.

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