A Twentynine Palms man learned not to do donuts when he has stolen mail and identification in the car with him. About 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, a deputy spotted Charles Ebenal, 29, doing donuts in a dirt lot near Cienega Drive and Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms. The deputy made a traffic stop, and discovered stolen mail, checkbooks, and identification in the vehicle with Ebenal. Ebenal was also a fugitive from justice out of Arizona. Charles Ebenal was arrested for investigation of identity theft, and for his warrants, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $50,000.
A Cathedral City man was arrested Thursday, accused of stalking and harassing a Morongo Basin resident. According to a Sheriff’s press release, Joseph Nila, 35, was arrested April 9 and subsequently convicted of stalking and vandalism. He was placed on probation. In July, detectives learned that Nila was re-contacting the victim. Morongo Basin detectives, with assistance of the Probation Department, searched Nila’s home in Cathedral City. Joseph Nila was arrested again on suspicion of identity theft and stalking, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $150,000. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
You better hope your Social Security card or identification isn’t stolen and used in New York City. A Joshua Tree man found that out the hard way. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man had moved from New York City a couple years ago, but he found out recently that someone in New York City had opened up a utility account in his name using his Social Security card. He attempted to file a complaint with the NYPD, but was told he had to file a report with his local law enforcement office. He contacted the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station and a deputy took the report and attempted to forward it—along with leads of the possible suspect—to NYPD. However, at that time the NYPD said they do not take criminal reports for utility theft unless it is over $5,000.
A couple from Banning was arrested early Wednesday in the Flamingo Heights area of Yucca Valley after they were found with a stolen vehicle and stolen identification. About 12:20 a.m., a deputy made a traffic stop near Old Woman Springs Road and Mira Street. When the deputy determined that Marco Valenzuela, 26, was on felony probation from Riverside County, a search was made of the vehicle. The deputy discovered evidence of identity theft and drug paraphernalia. Jazmine Lovings, 26, said she and Valenzuela were staying in the area, and the search moved to the new location. The deputy discovered a stolen trailer where the couple had been staying. Marco Valenzuela and Jazmine Lovings were arrested on suspicion of identity theft and possession of a stolen vehicle, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with their bail set at $50,000 each.
A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Friday, after she tried to book a motel room with a stolen credit card. Deputies were called to the 73800 block of Sunnyvale Drive in Twentynine Palms about 9:30 a.m. Friday where they were told that Christina Godfrey, 33, had booked a room online, but when she showed up at the location, she did not have the credit card used to book the room. The clerk said that Godfrey became argumentative. Deputies determined that Godfrey was in possession of drugs, stolen mail, including stolen identity cards, prepaid credit cards, and checks. Christina Godfrey was arrested for investigation of identity fraud, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at zero dollars.