The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department reported that on Saturday, Sept. 10, sheriff’s deputies arrested an Oakdale man in connection to a pair of campsite burglaries that occurred over the weekend.
Joshua Labass, 28, of Oakdale, and an unidentified 17-year-old female were taken into custody after reports were made of items stolen from two campsites at the Moccasin Point Campground on Sept. 10.
A state park ranger investigating the thefts discovered that the alleged suspect left the scene in a red 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck. Sheriff’s deputies later located the truck driven by Labass and the female as a passenger on Jacksonville Road in Jamestown.
The stolen items taken earlier in the day were located inside the truck.
The investigation also showed that a jet ski that witnesses stated Labass was using, was left behind before he left the scene. A check of the jet ski’s identification number showed it was reported stolen to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office last month.
Labass was booked into county jail and the juvenile female was released to her parents that evening.
Sheriff’s officials state they are looking into Labass’s involvement in a series of houseboat burglaries in the area