Twin Falls theft hits multiple businesses, wild chase ensues

“We work hard for these assets and to have someone come in and steal them from you, it doesn’t make us very happy”
“We work hard for these assets and to have someone come in and steal them from you, it doesn’t make us very happy”
Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 6:25 PM MST
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A theft at multiple Twin Falls businesses turns into a police chase near Bliss.

A trailer was stolen from Rob Green Auto, a truck from another business, and a Bobcat skid steer vehicle from Snake River Pool and Spa.

The incident at Snake River Pool and Spa happened around 5:30 a.m.

Then, around 8:15 a.m., after receiving information of a white Ford pickup pulling a trailer with a Bobcat skid-steer loader reported stolen out of Twin Falls, Idaho State Police located a vehicle with a matching description at a rest stop westbound on I-84 near Bliss.

According to ISP, a trooper attempted to stop the truck. The suspect rammed the patrol car before driving through a fence near Power Plant Road in Bliss.

When the truck became disabled, the suspect drove the skid steer, running into a Gooding County Patrol officer before being taken into custody.

“We work hard for these assets, and to have someone come in and steal them from you, it doesn’t make us very happy,” said Snake River Pool and Spa Founder and CEO Jim Paxton.

ISP arrested Lonnie S. Schaefer of Sacramento, California. He is charged with felony aggravated battery, as well as four misdemeanors.

Those charges are driving without privileges, possession of drug paraphernalia, eluding officers, and resisting and obstructing officers.

While the Bobcat skid steer was recovered, Paxton added his business has never seen anything like this before.

“Fortunately, Twin Falls Police Department and ISP and Twin Falls County Sheriff’s department got right on it,” Paxton said.

Snake River Pool and Spa said a replacement of the skid steer was quoted at $20,000-$22,000.

Two trucks were also damaged at the Rob Green property. Company officials said this would amount to about $6,000 worth of repairs.

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