Man Takes Stolen Sheriff’s SUV on Joyride in South Lake Tahoe

Suspect Jacob Wolfe and the sheriff’s SUV he’s accused of stealing in South Lake Tahoe are seen in photos released Nov. 13, 2019, by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect Jacob Wolfe and the sheriff’s SUV he’s accused of stealing in South Lake Tahoe are seen in photos released Nov. 13, 2019, by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is investigating how a felon was able to steal a deputy’s patrol vehicle from the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation in South Lake Tahoe and take it on a joyride before he was captured 50 miles away.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Prencipe says 30-year-old Jacob Wolfe was still wearing a sheriff’s baseball cap when he was arrested Wednesday in Placerville. He says the fully loaded SUV went missing Wednesday morning during a patrol shift change.

Wolfe was apprehended shortly after Placerville police disabled one of the SUV’s tires with a spike strip on U.S. Highway 50.

He was being held on $74,000 bail on suspicion of vehicle theft, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, evading police and impersonating an officer. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

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