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.