Community plays part in finding most wanted subjects

REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County's Most Wanted reached their 200th arrest on Monday. The program started in 2013 and is performing better than officials expected.

Officers said 37-year-old Zachary Lee Kauffman of French Gulch, surrendered to the Taos County Sheriff's Department in New Mexico. Kauffman, the 200th person to be arrested after being listed on Shasta County's Most Wanted, had been on the list since March 22, 2014.

Investigators said they received information from the public indicating Kauffman had fled the Shasta County area and was possibly in New Mexico. They contacted the Taos County Sheriff's Department and advised them that Kauffman was reportedly living in Taos County.

Kauffman turned himself in, making him the 200th person arrested as a result of the Shasta County's Most Wanted program.

Sergeant Todd Cogle said he is surprised at how the community has responded.

"We have had the angry ex-wife tip, we have had a couple of those, but a lot of them have been just associates, friends and family that in many cases want these people who are wanted to stop living life on the run," said Sgt. Cogle.

23 wanted subjects remain outstanding and five new names are added each week.

Tips or information can also be provided anonymously through Secret Witness of Shasta County at (530)243-2319.

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