Two arrested in Auburn Home Depot theft

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AUBURN, CA -- Two Sacramento-area transients who fled on Interstate 80 were arrested on multiple charges March 2 thanks to an alert clerk at The Home Depot in Auburn.

Jorge A. Frade, 43, and Victoria D. Hutson, 36, were taken into custody after an employee at the Willow Creek Circle store watched Frade allegedly run out with a $569 chain saw with the security tag still attached. The clerk took note of the vehicle, the female driver and the Chevy Blazer's license plate number and called the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy reportedly witnessed the suspects' vehicle traveling westbound on Interstate 80. The pair was stopped near the Horseshoe Bar Road exit in Loomis and the chain saw was found in the sport utility vehicle's back seat.
According to a report, deputies also found a small bag of Methamphetamine and a Methamphetamine pipe. Frade allegedly gave deputies a fake name but later admitted to his real name. He had two warrants for his arrest from outside of Placer County.

Frade was booked into the Placer County Jail on charges of burglary, conspiracy, giving false ID and possessing drug paraphernalia. Hutson was booked on charges of conspiracy and bringing a controlled substance into a jail. Frade's bail is set at $62,500 and Hutson has since been released from custody.

~ Staff report