Crimes of petty theft from vehicles and stolen vehicles are on the rise. The residents of the Morongo Basin are being victimized more often lately by thieves who are taking advantage of opportunities. The Sheriff’s Department reminds the public to lock your vehicle and never leave the keys in the vehicle. Many people think it is OK to leave the vehicle keys or keys to another vehicle on the property in the glove box or ash tray. All you are doing is making the theft of the vehicles easier for the already lazy crook. We no longer live in the day when we could leave our property unsecure and trust that it would be OK.
While car thieves were initially also observing the stay-at-home order along with the rest of us, it appears they are now resuming their criminal ways. Reporter Joshua King has tips to make it more difficult for thieves to steal your ride…
The Sheriff’s Department reminds residents to lock your vehicle and never leave the keys in the vehicle. Many people think it is OK to leave the vehicle keys or keys to another vehicle on the property in the glove box or ash tray. All you’re doing is making the theft of the vehicles easier for the already lazy crook. We no longer live in the day when we could leave our property unsecure and trust that it would be OK. Please lock your vehicles and keep the keys with you.
The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a stolen Ford pick-up truck. The dark red 2004 Ford F250 Fx4 with Arizona license plates was stolen sometime between 2 and 4:30 a.m. Tuesday from the 6400 block of Fortuna Avenue in Yucca Valley. The truck has the Lariat and tow and off-road packages, along with a Kobalt cross bed chrome tool box. There is a 12-inch beige stripe around the truck. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
A Joshua Tree man is being sought, accused of attempted murder late Saturday. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called about 9:30 p.m. to the 61500 block of Sonora Road in Joshua Tree for a vehicle theft. The victim told deputies that the suspect, later identified as Leonard “Randy” Kerneen, 32, came to the home and was using a rope to tie a 2004 Subaru to the back of Kerneen’s truck. When the Subaru’s owner came out of the house and asked Kerneen what he was doing, Kerneed allegedly fired one shot from a .22 caliber pistol at the victim, and then fled, towing the Subaru behind his truck. Deputies later located the stolen Subaru in the 63200 block of Pole Road in Joshua Tree. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Leonard “Randy” Kerneen should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
Two women were arrested in Landers, after deputies spotted a stolen dirt bike and van in a yard. Deputies stopped about 9:30 Tuesday morning to talk to the residents in the 55900 block of Lilac Lane after a stolen Suzuki dirt bike and a stolen Dodge van were spotted in the front yard. Inside the house were Cara Anderson, 29, of Victorville, and Patricia Padilla, 43, of Yucca Valley. Deputies saw in the home a .22-caliber rifle in plain sight. Padilla and Anderson were detained while deputies obtained a search warrant. During a search of the home and property, deputies located a stolen panel van, a Wacker -Neuson tow-behind industrial generator, smaller tools, two more firearms, ammunition, and multiple other items reported stolen from recent burglaries, valued at more than $30,000. Cara Anderson and Patricia Padilla were arrested for investigation of being felons in possession of firearms, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $50,000 each.
Stelios Chapman, who was also at the scene, was taken to a hospital for a medical conditions; charges against Stelios Chapman are pending.