Man Convicted for Stealing Motorcycles, Fighting Police Dog

Posted: May 24, 2018

James Todd Moffitt, age 29, a transient living in the Placerville area and his girlfriend, Julie Ann Cole, age 32, were convicted of charges arising from the 2017 theft of two motorcycles and other personal property from a residence in Placerville.


In August, 2017, the homeowner returned from a three-week absence to discover his home had been burglarized and two motorcycles taken, along with riding jackets and two helmets.  Defendant Moffitt was spotted by an El Dorado County Sheriff's Deputy on one of the motorcycles later that day, and when the deputy attempted to pull the defendant over, he fled.  Moffitt parked the bike and hid in some blackberry bushes, ignoring repeated commands to come out.  Eventually, the deputy deployed a K-9 to apprehend Moffitt, who fought with the dog, striking it in the head repeatedly as he continued to try and evade capture.  After he was taken into custody, a search of his girlfriend's residence resulted in the recovery of the other motorcycle, jackets and helmet.  


Moffitt was convicted of felony burglary, vehicle theft, assaulting a K-9 officer, resisting arrest, and lying to the police.  Cole, who was cooperative with authorities during the investigation, was convicted of felony aiding and abetting.  Each was sentenced to 365 days in county jail, placed on supervised formal probation and ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $20,006.00.