Paso Robles man steals shotgun, then flaunts it
March 31, 2016
A man suspected of being under the influence of drugs stole a shotgun from a Paso Robles home, then called 911 to inform police about a man with gun in the area and still managed to evade capture for about 3.5 hours. The suspect ran around a Paso Robles neighborhood Wednesday night showing the firearm to residents.
Nathan Adkins, 30, broke into an occupied home in the 600 block of Trigo Lane and stole the shotgun, according to a police department news release. At about 10:19 p.m., Adkins called the police and informed them there was a man with a gun in the neighborhood near Trigo Lane and Creston Road.
The call came from an anonymous person, and police did not determine until later in the night that Adkins was the initial caller. Officers responded to the neighborhood following the call but did not locate the suspect.
At approximately 11:25, police received a phone call reporting a man brandishing a shotgun while trespassing into the caller’s backyard on Trigo Lane. Police later received a third call in which the burglary victim reported the shotgun being stolen.
Each time officers arrived in the area, Adkins eluded them by running through backyards and hiding.
While Adkins was still on the loose, officers identified him as the original caller. Police prepared a photo lineup of Adkins, and the victims identified him as the man stealing and brandishing the shotgun.
Officers tracked Adkins via his GPS enabled mobile phone.
Police located Adkins in the 300 block of Veronica Drive, where he was hiding under a pickup truck. Officers arrested him at about 1:41 a.m.
Adkins had hidden the stolen shotgun in the bushes in the 400 block of Veronica Drive. Adkins directed officers to the gun.
Officers charged Adkins with residential burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property. Police booked Adkins in San Luis Obispo County Jail.
Investigators have yet to determine why Adkins initially reported himself. They suspect drug use was a contributing factor.
Adkins has been arrested previously for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
He currently remains in custody with his bail set at $50,000.