Sharp-Eyed CHP Officer Catches Car Thieves

Posted: June 07, 2018

Matthew Lee Anderson, age 34, and Sabrina Marie Roesner, age 30, were convicted of felony auto theft.  Anderson, who committed additional crimes in Sacramento County while this case was pending, was sentenced to 270 days county jail and placed on 4 years supervised probation.  Roesner was sentenced to 180 days county jail and also placed on 4 years supervised probation.


On January 12, 2018, a CHP Officer noticed a late model Mercedes parked at the Cameron Park Motel 6, missing its front license plate.  The officer checked the vehicle's VIN and ran that through dispatch and determined that the vehicle had been reported as stolen out of Sacramento.  The officer also determined that the rear license plate on the vehicle did not belong on it and was also reported as stolen.  


The officer coordinated with CHP Air Patrol and El Dorado County Sheriff's Deputies and quickly set up surveillance on the Mercedes to see if they could identify who was in possession of it.  A short time later, the two defendants exited Motel 6, got in the Mercedes and drove off.  They were stopped without incident, and each defendant admitted they had the car for approximately a week and knew that it was stolen.  


This case was investigated by the CHP and the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by the El Dorado District Attorney's Office Auto Fraud Task Force.