A Wonder Valley man learned it’s best not to call deputies for help if he’s in a stolen vehicle. About 10:15 Friday morning, Naim Sharrieff, 45, was arguing with a woman in the 74200 block of Joshua Drive in Twentynine Palms. He called 911 to report that the woman has stolen his cell phone. When deputies arrived, they determined that Sharrieff was in possession of a stolen vehicle. Naim Sharrieff was arrested for being in possession of a stolen vehicle, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
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 Twentynine Palms man was arrested for the second time since December, accused of stealing a vehicle and fleeing from Sheriff’s deputies in it. About 12:30 p.m. Thursday, a deputy spotted a man riding a 1998 Honda motorcycle with no license plate in the desert near Encelia Avenue and Highway 62 and attempted a traffic stop. The rider, later identified as Jeremy Shannon, 27, fled, but was later detained. Jeremy Shannon was arrested for investigation of felony evading, possession of explosives, possession of a stolen vehicle, and on his warrants for his previous vehicle theft and felony evading; and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $500,000. Shannon was convicted in February of stealing a Jeep Renegade and fleeing from deputies. A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to complete his drug court program.
A Palm Desert man was arrested in Morongo Valley after he led deputies on a pursuit Tuesday morning. About 10:45 a.m., a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop near Highway 62 and Mountain View Trail in Morongo Valley on a blue Jeep Cherokee after determining the Cherokee’s license plate belonged to a different vehicle. The driver, Charles Kirkpatrick, 31, refused to stop and drove toward Desert Hot Springs. The pursuing deputy, who recognized Kirkpatrick, said Kirkpatrick drove with no regard for public safety. The pursuit ended when Kirkpatrick drove into the open desert south of Indian Trail near the Mission Lakes neighborhood of Desert Hot Springs. About 20 minutes later, deputies located Kirkpatrick when he emerged from the desert area on foot. A Sheriff’s helicopter located the Jeep on its roof in the desert. A records check revealed that the Jeep Cherokee had been stolen out of Thousand Palms on May 12. Riverside County CHP officers are conducting the stolen vehicle investigation.
Kirkpatrick had been arrested January 24 with a different stolen vehicle. Due to the emergency bail schedule, Kirkpatrick had been released from jail April 17.
Charles Kirkpatrick was arrested for investigation of felony failure to yield, possession of a stolen vehicle, and committing an offense while on bail. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $150,000.
We have more information about a Yucca Valley man who was arrested Thursday, accused being in possession of stolen property. Deputies contacted Donald Palanuik, 43, in the 6800 block of Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms about 11 a.m. Thursday. After an investigation, Donald Palanuik was arrested for investigation of being in possession of a stolen U-Haul, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, and is being held on a no-bail warrant for transporting a controlled substance for sales.