Man steals truck to make vehicle theft court date

POSTED: 1:56 PM Dec 12 2013   UPDATED: 1:31 PM Dec 13 2013
REDDING, Calif. -

According to police a man admitted to stealing a truck on Thursday morning in order to make a court date for an unrelated stolen vehicle case.

Officers got the call around 8:36 a.m. in the 5800 block of Cedars Road.

John Westberg, 69, of Anderson, reported his 1989 Ford Ranger had been stolen.

The truck was located in the area of Platinum Way and Girvan Road. Michael Heller, 21, of Redding, was found driving the truck.

Police said he admitted to officers that he stole the truck because he needed a ride to court for an unrelated stolen vehicle case.

Heller was arrested for vehicle theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was booked into the Shasta County Jail.