Man arrested on suspicion of stealing truck, trailer in Escalon

ESCALON — A Linden man was arrested this morning after allegedly stealing a pickup truck and an attached flat-bed trailer parked in front of a residence, authorities said.

Kelly Mohl, 21, was taken into custody after he was found hiding in an irrigation standpipe by a San Joaquin County Sheriff Department dog.

He was treated at the scene for dog bite injuries, according to Sgt. Milt Medeiros of the Escalon Police Department.

Officers were dispatched at 9:22 a.m. after a report of a vehicle theft in progress in the 1000 block of La Mesa Street.

The owner of the vehicles was following Mohl in a car.

Police remained in contact with the victim, who said Mohl was traveling north on Brennan Road from Highway 120. Mohl eventually stopped the truck and fled on foot.

Police set up a perimeter at an orchard near the intersection of Brennan and East Mariposa Road, and the dog found Mohl about an hour after the initial report.

Mohl was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, resisting or delaying an officer, driving on a suspended license and felony possession of ammunition.

He apparently had bullets in his possession, police said.

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