Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a burglary of food at a Twentynine Palms church. Deputies were called to the Two Mile Apostolic Tabernacle in the 74300 block of Two Mile Road about noon on Wednesday. The thieves had pried open a door and took about $700 in food, as well as other supplies. The church has an alarm, but it had not been re-activated after a gardener for the church had left. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
Three men have been arrested in relation to a strong-arm robbery in Yucca Valley last month. On April 27, deputies were called to a residential robbery in the 3700 block of Lucerne Vista Avenue in the unincorporated area of Yucca Valley. Deputies say three men—later identified as Donald Dora, 36, of Yucca Valley; Mark Hines, 33, of Joshua Tree, and Derek Martin, 35, of La Brea, broke into the home and assaulted the resident, and stole property before fleeing the scene. Over the next 10 days, detectives learned of additional crimes they believe were committed by Dora, Hines, and Martin. Detectives served multiple search and arrest warrants throughout the Morongo Basin to recover stolen property and locate the suspects.
Derek Martin was arrested May 1 in Yucca Valley for investigation of conspiracy, robbery, assault, and burglary, booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $3 million.
Mark Hines was located May 5 while driving under the influence May 5 near Mesquite Lake and Indian Trail in Twentynine Palms. He was arrested for investigation of conspiracy, robbery, and burglary, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $250,000.
And Donald Dora was apprehended during a traffic stop May 7 on Shadow Mountain Ranch Road and Highway 62 in Joshua Tree. He was arrested for investigation of robbery, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $200,000.
Detectives are actively working additional leads related to additional crimes committed by the suspects. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
A transient woman was arrested Sunday after she had broken into a home and had been squatting there for several days. Deputies were called to the 6000 block of Outpost Road in Joshua Tree about 4:30 Sunday afternoon. The resident said he had come home from working on the road for the past few days to find Michelle Davila, 43, living in his house after breaking in. The resident said he didn’t know her, but she had done this before a few years ago as well, and decided to come back. The deputy determined that Davila had broken a window to the house and her criminal record showed she had a prior arrest for burglary at the same address. Davila told deputies she wanted to return because she felt at home there. Michelle Davila was arrested for investigation of burglary and vandalism, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $25,000.
Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two more juveniles who are suspected of burglarizing four convenience stores in the Morongo Basin last week. In the early morning hours of April 20 and 23, at least five juveniles broke into the All-American convenience store in Morongo Valley, the Sinclair convenience store in Yucca Valley, Dollar General in Twentynine Palms, and the Berri Brothers convenience store in Yucca Valley, and stole cigarettes, alcohol, and other items. Deputies spotted the break-in at Berri Brothers Thursday morning and began a pursuit of the suspects’ vehicle. The 16-year-old male driver crashed the BMW at Interstate 10 and Beaumont Avenue in Beaumont, and several teens fled on foot. Deputies arrested the driver and two 15-year-old boys at the scene. The boys were cited and released to their parents.
About 1 p.m. Thursday, detectives conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near 7th Street and Kirby Street in San Jacinto. Inside the car were two 15-year-old boys from Hemet who were identified as suspects in the Dollar General and Berri Brothers burglaries and who had fled from the BMW earlier that morning. The boys were cited and released to their parents at the scene. No other suspects are outstanding from the Dollar General and Berri Brothers burglaries on Thursday. Detectives are still searching for a female suspect who was wearing a sweatshirt with the word “Pink” on the front and a male suspect wearing a NASA jacket and who has tattoos on his right arm and hand. They are suspects in the April 20 burglaries of the All-American and Sinclair convenience stores. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-8471.
Two Twentynine Palms women were arrested Saturday after they were found burglarizing a house. Deputies were called to the 6200 block of Cahuilla Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 12:45 a.m. by a neighbor who spotted lights on in a home where they owner was out of town. The deputy discovered that a window in the back of the house had been broken. When the deputy entered the house, two women, Brooke Nickell, 18, and Chloe Brown, 18, were found hiding inside. Near the front door were bags of items from the home that the women were intending to steal. Brooke Nickell and Chloe Brown were arrested for investigation of burglary, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $25,000 each.