A 22-year-old San Jose man was arrested Sunday after allegedly tampering with an aviation fuel truck at Lake Tahoe Airport, entering a personal vehicle and stealing a rental car.
Calstar employees reported the suspicious activity to police around noon and advised the man was last seen driving the stolen sedan north on the tarmac.
South Lake Tahoe police arrived within minutes and found the stolen rental car abandoned on Melba Avenue, but the suspect, Anthony Dixon, evaded arrest on foot, according to a police department news release.
Later that afternoon, a resident near Susquehanna Drive reported a suspicious person near their home. The description of the suspect matched the suspect from the call at the airport.
South Lake Tahoe police and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded and, after a foot pursuit, took Dixon into custody.
Dixon was booked into jail in South Lake Tahoe on preliminary charges of vehicle theft, vandalism, trespassing on an airport and hit and run.
Federal violations may be pursued because the crimes occurred at the city’s general aviation airport, according to South Lake Tahoe police.
South Lake Tahoe police commended airport and Calstar employees who noticed the suspicious activity, confronted the suspect, monitored his actions and reported the incident to police.
The police department news release states that airport and police officials are planning a debriefing with airport businesses in an effort to ensure the airport is safe and secure.