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February 28, 2019

Motorcycle stolen and pursuit

 Between February 25th and February 26th, an off-road motorcycle which had been previously impounded by the Tehachapi Police Department following an arrest on Monday, was stolen from a tow yard in the City of Tehachapi. 

Today, the Tehachapi Police Department received several reports of an off-road motorcycle being ridden on city streets and through city parks. At approximately 5:00 pm, officers observed the motorcycle being ridden in the area of Mill and F Street and immediately recognized it as the motorcycle stolen from the tow yard. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop and the rider failed to yield. Officers initiated a vehicle pursuit of the stolen motorcycle and eventually lost sight of the motorcyclist as he entered West Park where several children were present.

 Officers regained sight of the motorcyclist traveling near the railroad tracks in the open field north of Tehachapi Blvd. As officers were establishing a containment of the area and attempting to locate the motorcyclist, officers saw that a concerned citizen who had observed the initial pursuit had cut off the path of the motorcycle and detained the suspect in the open field. The motorcycle was confirmed to be the motorcycle stolen from the tow yard. 

A 16-year-old juvenile of Tehachapi was taken into custody and transported to Juvenile Hall where he was booked for reckless evading, child endangerment, and possession of a stolen vehicle.





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Officer Amy Smith and Officer Richard Kiser of the Tehachapi Police Department recently received their certification as Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) through training with the California Highway Patrol. 

The DRE course was developed and endorsed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and certified by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. To qualify for attendance in the DRE course, Officer Smith and Officer Kiser previously completed training in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE). 

The DRE course is the most in depth and advanced course in the SFST-ARIDE-DRE training series and, as such, involves a much larger time commitment. In addition to the initial 72-hour classroom course, candidates must successfully complete 32 hours of field training before the CHP can recommend them for certification by IACP. The training and certification received by these two officers will greatly improve our ability to accurately identify drug impaired drivers and increase the safety on our roadways. 

We are very proud of Officer Smith and Officer Kiser and recognize the tremendous effort they put forth to successfully complete this very intensive training. Congratulations Officer Smith and Officer Kiser! 

Chief Kroeger


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Felon in Possession of Firearm and Narcotics

On Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at approximately 7 P.M., Officers from the Tehachapi Police Department observed a suspicious vehicle parked behind a vacant building in the 400 block of Steuber Road. Officers contacted the passenger of the vehicle, Zachary Mulligan, 30, of Tehachapi and discovered he was on active probation for narcotics. Officers conducted a search pursuant to Mulligan’s terms of probation and located a loaded .45 caliber handgun, approximately 5 grams of suspected methamphetamine, scales, drug paraphernalia, and a switchblade knife in his backpack.

Officers also located a 12 gauge shotgun, additional handgun magazines, and ammunition in the vehicle. A records check confirmed Mulligan is a previously convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

Mulligan was booked into the Kern County jail for possession of a controlled substance while armed, transportation of a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a prohibited weapon.


Thanksgiving Holiday Home & Travel Safety Tips

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most traveled times of year for most Americans. Leaving your home can be an opportunity for burglars. Here are a few safety tips to consider before you leave to spend time with family for the holiday.

“Following a few of these safety tips may help you enjoy the holidays even more,” Chief Kent Kroeger.

Home Safety Tips

• Leave your keys with a trusted neighbor or friend. Have them pick up mail and deliveries, and occasionally move your parked car around. Don’t hide your keys outside; burglars will enjoy hunting for them.

• Secure doors and windows and eliminate ladders or house-hugging tree limbs to make sure there’s no easy access to your upstairs windows.

• Operate your home lights with a timer so you’ve always got something lit at night.

• Don’t post news that you’re out of town on Facebook or other social networks which are open to the public. Post the holiday pics after you get back.

• Invest in a security alarm system— which is a fantastic idea anyway!

• The key to protecting your home while you are away is by not giving the appearance that you are gone! Make sure your home is secure—all deadbolts locked, lights left on timers, and deliveries cancelled or being collected by a trusted neighbor who has your travel schedule.

• If you live in the City of Tehachapi and would like to have vacation checks performed on your residence while you are away, you may do so through our online reporting system which can be accessed at:

Travel Safety Tips

• Pack the least possible amount, and be sure your luggage stays under your control (or that of authorized personnel) at all times.

• Carry only the credit cards and ATM cards you absolutely need. Do not carry large amounts of money.

• Make sure everyone in your party, adults, teens, and children, has the name, address, and phone number of the place you are staying and carries that information at all times.

• When traveling, lock your vehicle at all times, especially at gas stations, rest areas, or other public facilities. Don’t drink and drive.

• Plan ahead. Know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Download the latest GPS directions or obtain a new map. Check for construction detours, and consult the weatherman. Get your car road-ready and start your trip with a full tank of gas.

• An emergency road kit is important to have in case of a breakdown or accident

• Ideally, travel outside of the heaviest days to avoid congestion – which are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday afterward.

• Don’t be distracted. It’s illegal to text and drive in California and drivers who text and drive are 23 times more likely to get into a crash than those who don’t.

Most of all enjoy the holidays and time with your families.



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********CASE UPDATE********

Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green is pleased to announce a significant conviction. On November 6, 2018, a Kern County jury found Jeffrey Dean Enslow guilty of 18 counts involving charges ranging from felony domestic violence, attempt to ignite an explosive with intent to terrorize, possession of materials to make an explosive device, stalking in violation of a restraining order while personally using a firearm, dissuasion of a victim, hacking of cellphone communications, identity theft, possession of firearm silencers, and other contraband charges.

In October 2014, Jeffrey Dean Enslow broke into his ex-wife’s home and assaulted her, leaving visible bruises, and stole some of her property. In the years after the victim reported this incident to Tehachapi police, the Defendant waged an extensive cyber-stalking campaign using dark web emails, cellphone number spoofing apps, and free texting applications to threaten and harass his ex-wife and her family. During this time, the Defendant assembled a device that enabled him to surreptitiously connect to his victim’s cellphones and intercept her data and cellphone communications.

On July 6, 2017, one of the victims discovered a pipe bomb with various types of shrapnel under her car. The FBI confirmed the pipe bomb contained Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil, a powerful explosive that has been used historically in terrorist attacks like the Oklahoma City bombing. The subsequent investigation by local and federal law enforcement in 2017, which included multiple search warrants in Shasta and Orange County, uncovered a sophisticated criminal scheme and arsenal that identified Jeffrey Enslow as the attempted bomber and cyber-stalker.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled before the Honorable John Lua on December 4, 2018. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Christopher Puck. Tehachapi Police Officer Mike Adams and Homeland Security Agents Veronica Pike and Anthony Sims assisted with the investigation and prosecution.

August 24, 2017

Search Warrant Served in City of Redding

On August 23, 2017 Investigators from the Tehachapi Police Department served a search warrant at a residence in the City of Redding. The warrant was related to the ongoing investigation regarding an explosive device that was discovered in Tehachapi on July 6, 2017.

In the early morning hours of July 6, 2017, an explosive device was found in a Tehachapi apartment complex parking lot. The device was rendered safe and the investigation led to the arrest of Jeffrey Dean Enslow, 48, of Redding California. Enslow was located by Investigators from the Tehachapi Police Department in the City of Fullerton on July 11 where he was taken into custody.

Based on the investigation, Tehachapi Police believed additional evidence would be located in Redding California. Investigators contacted the Redding Police Department who assisted in the service of the search warrant.

Investigators discovered a number of items related to the manufacturing of explosive devices inside the residence which led to the immediate evacuation of the Redding neighborhood. Bomb Technicians from Shasta County and Butte County Sheriff’s Department were called to the location to examine and safely recover these items. There were no injuries reported and the evacuation lasted approximately 8 hours.

Investigators also recovered a number of firearms, electronic “hacking” equipment, and additional evidence linking Enslow to the explosive device located in Tehachapi.

No additional arrests were made. Enslow remains in custody at the Kern County Jail where he is being held on $1,100,000.00 Bail. He is currently charged with:

18740 PC – Possession of Destructive Device
245(A)(1) PC – ADW/GBI: Not Firearm
422 PC – Threat to Terrorize
646.9(B) – Stalking