An astute patrol officer conducting a traffic stop Tuesday morning in Paso Robles discovered a driver had spray-painted a truck to conceal the fact it was allegedly stolen.
Daniel Lee Stainbrook, 44, of Paso Robles was arrested after he was stopped by an officer for not wearing a seat belt as he drove a Dodge pickup in the area of Oak Hill Road.
Sgt. Todd Rehner said Wednesday that the officer first determined Stainbrook was driving on a suspended license. While the officer was speaking to Stainbrook about the license, he noticed the interior of the truck’s door frame was black, while the exterior of the vehicle appeared to be spray-painted blue.
The officer then recalled a Dodge truck had been reported stolen from the 1000 block of Olive Street in June and investigated further, learning the truck’s attached license plate did not match the truck’s vehicle identification number. The VIN information revealed the car was reported stolen.
Stainbrook was arrested on suspicion of felony charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property and committing a felony while on bail, as well as misdemeanor charges of driving on a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Rehner said there have not been any recent spikes in vehicles stolen in the city and that examining vehicles to see if anything looks suspicious is something officers do at every traffic stop.
Stainbrook remained in San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $45,000 bail Wednesday morning.