Son and mom arrested after $25,000 church theft

| September 25, 2009

A 43-year-old man and his mother are in custody in connection with the theft of $25,000 worth of sound equipment belonging to a church, Folsom police say.

Officers arrested Ronald Logston of Fair Oaks late Wednesday on suspicion of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, two counts of evading arrest using a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools, and possession of an illegal weapon, according to a Folsom police news release. Logston also was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail for more than $200,000 in felony warrants unrelated to the case.

His mother, 63-year-old Janette Louise Ansted, also of Fair Oaks, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and possession of stolen property, the release states.

On Sunday morning, New Song Church staff members reported that a 16-foot trailer containing sound equipment had been stolen from the church office’s parking lot on Blue Ravine Road, the news release states.

Soon thereafter, a resident on Auburn Boulevard in Sacramento noticed a man driving a white Chevrolet pickup throwing church signs into a dumpster behind a state building, the release states. The residents took photos of the incident and reported it to church staff members, who in turn notified police. The church signs being thrown away had been in the trailer along with the sound equipment, police said.

On Tuesday, a Folsom police employee saw the suspect’s white pickup and copied its license plate, which furthered the investigation, the release states. Investigators later found the stolen trailer and, while conducting surveillance, stopped a man who hooked the trailer to a white Chevrolet pickup and pulled away, the release states.

The driver told police he was moving the trailer for Ronald Logston. While officers spoke to the driver, Logston’s mother approached and spoke to officers. She was arrested for her alleged involvement, the release states.

Ronald Logston was arrested late Wednesday after leading officers on two separate chases, police say. A woman riding with Logston, 29-year-old Angela Lipari of Fair Oaks, was arrested on suspicion of possessing controlled substances, the release states.

Janette Ansted bailed out of jail Wednesday evening, police said. Logston remains in jail, held in lieu of $280,000 in bail, jail booking sheets show. Lipari also remains in custody in lieu of $59,371 in bail.

The stolen equipment was returned to New Song Church.

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