Officials recover stolen motorcycles, arrest two

By: Penne Usher, Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn man, whose mother was charged in 2006 with several felonies including allegedly aiding in the solicitation of murder, was arrested on charges of possession of stolen property. Investigators from the Placer County Special Investigations Unit and the Regional Auto Theft Task Force conducted a probation search of Todd Swindle's Auburn home March 5. Officials report locating a Kawasaki FX-250F motorcycle reported stolen from TNT Motorcycles in Auburn last summer at the 40-year-old's home. Information from Swindle led investigators to Ace Mini Storage on Shale Ridge Lane in Auburn where an additional search was conducted, said Kelly Baraga, spokeswoman for the Newcastle office of the California Highway Patrol. During the search of the storage unit investigators found two recently stolen motorcycles along with a stolen motorcycle trailer, officials said. Investigators also found three other motorcycles that have yet to be identified but are presumed to be stolen along with three shotguns and other miscellaneous stolen property, Baraga said. Due to the large amount of property, Placer County Sheriff's property crimes unit was requested and responded to assist. Investigators were able to link the property to several area burglaries and will continue with their investigation, Baraga said. The renter of the storage unit, Kevin Mullenix, 24, of Auburn, was arrested and booked into the Placer County Jail for vehicle theft and other related charges. Swindle's mother, Janice L. Swindle, 60, was arrested in March 2006 on suspicion of several felonies including the solicitation of murder. At the time she worked for the Placer County as an accounting technician. Swindle was suspected of providing confidential information to inmates that could be used for criminal activities. She pled guilty to felony attempted conspiracy to commit battery causing serious bodily injury, prosecutor Jeff Wilson said Tuesday. Janice Swindle was sentenced in December to three years formal probation and 180 days jail time. Todd Swindle is expected to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. in Department 13 of Placer County Superior Court.