A discarded box of Girl Scout Cookies led to the identification of a suspect who remained in custody Friday after a motorcycle pursuit the previous day in Riverside County, authorities said.
Joseph Kopff, 31, tossed a box of Thin Mints into some bushes during a chase that reached speeds of over 100 mph, according to a statement from the Hemet Police Department.
The carton contained the phone number of a sales representative, who positively identified Kopff as the purchaser after he was apprehended, the news release said.
The pursuit began about 4:07 p.m. after a Hemet police officer attempted to pull over a motorcyclist for a vehicle code violation in the 1300 block of East Florida Avenue, police said. Shortly after the motorcycle driver sped away, the chase was called off due to public safety reasons, according to the statement.
A Hemet code enforcement officer subsequently reported seeing the suspect driving westbound in the 400 block of East Menlo Avenue, and witnesses notified police that the motorcyclist had driven into a mobile home park in the 600 block of North State Street.
Officers descended on the location and discovered the motorcycle under a tarp that was “so hot it was smoking,” the news release said. In a nearby mobile home, police found the man suspected of driving the motorcycle.
The recovered box contained a note inviting anyone interested in purchasing more Girl Scout Cookies to call a listed phone number, authorities said. When officers called the number, the salesperson confirmed that a box of the popular snacks had just been sold to motorcyclist, who could be identified. The sales representative then went to the mobile home park and confirmed the identity of the buyer, according to police.
“Officers located other evidence in addition to the Thin Mints linking Joseph Kopff to the crime,” the statement said.
Kopff, a Hemet resident, was arrested for felony reckless evading and transported to the Riverside County Jail, the news release said. His bail was set at $100,000.