HESPERIA, Calif. (news release) Deputies arrested two Hesperia men following a week-long vandalism spree that included shooting out vehicle windows with a BB gun, officials said.
On November 11, 2017 at approximately 9:20 p.m. a Hesperia deputy responded to a call for service where a victim reported that his vehicle window had been broken out while he was driving in the area of Main Street and Escondido Avenue. After conducting an investigation it was determined that the window had been broken out by someone using a BB gun.
Over the course of approximately a week, the Hesperia Station received several calls for service in regards to parked and occupied vehicles vandalized with their windows being broken throughout the City of Hesperia. All the incidents appeared to be a random act, but had similar circumstances and the damages totaled approximately $10,000.
Through investigation, it was learned from a witness that during the course of one of these incidents, a blue PT Cruiser was seen in the area and could possibly be the suspect vehicle. Deputies were able to use this lead and track down the PT Cruiser and the registered owner.
Further investigation identified Joseph Bautistalares, 18, and Bradley Sproule, 19, as possible suspects in the vandalism spree.
Bautistalares was contacted at his residence on November 17, 2017 where the BB gun was recovered. He was taken into custody without incident. Sproule, his whereabouts not known at the time, was later contacted by Deputy Drost on November 21, 2017 during a traffic stop and was also taken into custody without incident.
Both suspects were booked at High Desert Detention Center for Assault with a deadly weapon, with bail set at $50,000. Bautistalares was released from custody on a bail bond on November 18th. Sproule remains in custody and is expected to be arraigned on Monday, November 27th.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Hesperia Station, Detective Division at (760)947-1500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.