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Pest Control Employee Disappears with Company Vehicle

February 9, 2010

SANTA ROSA, CA - A Santa Rosa, Calif., exterminator who went missing with his employer's truck last month was arrested Feb. 3 in Reno, according to The Press Democrat.

Bryan William Scobey, 35, was arrested on a warrant out of Sonoma County after being accused of allegedly stealing a Hitmen Termite and Pest Control truck and tools and trying to sell them. Scobey was being held at Washoe County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, according to jail records, reported the Democrat.

Scobey's employer contacted the sheriff's department Jan. 13 after he failed to make several work appointments and didn't return with a company truck at the end of the work day, sheriff's officials said. Scobey's wife, Trina Scobey, 41, filed a missing person's report after he failed to return home, she said.

That evening, sheriff's officials launched a four-hour helicopter and ground search in unincorporated Sonoma, the last location tracked by the company truck's global positioning system.

What had begun as a missing person's case turned into a fugitive case about a week later after deputies spoke with a man in Yreka who said Scobey allegedly offered to give him the company truck if the man drove with him to Reno.

Detectives began a search for Scobey on suspicion of embezzling a company vehicle and company tools, reported the Democrat.


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