Stolen whitewater raft’s online sale attempt thwarted in Auburn

Online sale of stolen bike leads to arrest
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Mom, Amy Afdahl and son have the boy’s stolen bike returned by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Chris Carlton.


A whitewater rafting company got back its stolen raft and a Sacramento man was arrested in Auburn after allegedly attempting to sell it online.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office arrested 33-year-old Cole Hanson of Sacramento at a meet-up point to sell the raft in the parking lot area behind Raley’s Shopping Center at the Foresthill exit, 13384 Lincoln Way.

The raft was reported stolen from Tributary Whitewater of Lotus and returned to the business. The unmarked raft — which holds several people and weighs about 150 pounds — is valued at about $5,000.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that Hanson was arrested Sept. 8 on suspicion of possession of stolen property.

The Sheriff’s Office is also reporting the recovery of a boy’s bicycle that was stolen earlier this summer when several campsites at the Cisco Grove Campground were hit in a wave of thefts.

One of the victims saw her son’s bicycle listed for sale on the Letgo online site and reported it to authorities. Placer County Sheriff’s detectives with the property crimes unit served a search warrant on Letgo Inc. and were able to identify A Del Paso Heights man as the person selling the bike.

Arrested and charged with possession of the stolen bicycle was 27-year-old Harris Francis. The bicycle was returned to mother Amy Afdahl and her son, who were excited to get it back, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“The Sheriff’s Office is committed wherever possible to recover stolen items,” Lt. Andrew Scott said. “We would like to remind the public to be cautious of online sales and research the items before purchasing them.”