A Yucaipa woman was arrested Friday after she was found with a stolen vehicle in Morongo Valley. Deputies were called to 51000 block of 29 Palms Highway in Morongo Valley about 5:20 a.m. for a domestic disturbance. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a 2016 Honda with license plate that belonged to another vehicle. Deputies determined that one of the people at the scene, Andrea Jaramillo, 28, had stolen the vehicle from the owner in Riverside. Andrea Jaramillo was arrested for investigation of embezzlement, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $25,000.
The former general manager of the Twentynine Palms Cemetery pleaded guilty earlier this month to stealing more than $17,000 from the cemetery district. Stacey Lee, 50, was fired January 5 for cause by the board of trustees; she spent nine days in jail before pleading guilty January 15 to grand theft valued at more than $950. She was sentenced to time served and five years probation. A restitution hearing is set for March 27 in Joshua Tree Court in front of Judge Rodney Cortez.
We have more information about the arrest of the Twentynine Palms Cemetery District’s general manager, who is accused of embezzlement. Last Thursday, January 2, a cemetery trustee called the Sheriff’s Department to report that a trustee had been contacted by its bank about fraudulent charges on the cemetery’s account. Stacey Lee, 50, of Twentynine Palms, is alleged to have used the cemetery’s credit/debit card to make $17,000 in miscellaneous purchases and ATM withdrawals since September 2019. The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District board of trustees met in a special meeting Sunday morning after which it fired Lee for cause. Tuesday morning, Deputy Wayne Greer went to Lee’s home in the 6600 block of Via Allegra with a search warrant and recovered several items belonging to the cemetery. Stacy Lee was arrested for investigation of embezzlement, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000. This morning, cemetery trustees meet again in another special meeting to approve new policies concerning fraud, petty cash, and making a trustee a signatory on banking documents.
Twentynine Palms Cemetery General Manager Stacey Lee, who was fired Sunday for cause by the board of trustees, was arrested Tuesday. Thursday morning, the cemetery’s board is holding a special meeting to approve new policies on fraud, petty cash, and giving trustees the authority to sign banking documents. Deputies went to Lee’s home in the 6600 block of Via Allegra in Twentynine Palms about 3:30 p.m. to talk to Lee. Stacey Lee, 50, was arrested about an hour later for investigation of embezzlement, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.
Three people found in a stolen rental vehicle in Twentynine Palms by Sheriff’s deputies Sunday afternoon were arrested on various charges. About 3:40 p.m., a deputy stopped a Mazda near Mesquite Springs Road and Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms. The Mazda was a rental that had not been returned within five days of its scheduled return date, and had subsequently been reported stolen. The driver, Damonte Whitefield, 35, of Yucca Valley, was arrested for investigation of embezzling a vehicle. Lillie Tryon, 36, of Twentynine Palms, was arrested for investigation of identity theft. They were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with their bail set at $50,000 each. The third person was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of violating the terms of his parole.