VICTORVILLE: On Tuesay, April 8, 2014 at approximately 12:00 A.M., Victorville City Sheriff’s Station Detectives conducted follow up investigation regarding pool equipment thefts in the High Desert.
The detectives found a Craigslist ad listing a pool equipment item for sale that looked similar to an item stolen from a house in Victorville. The detectives contacted the seller and arranged to buy the listed pool equipment item.
The seller, Mauricio Rosales, who identified himself as Mario, arrived at the arranged meeting location with a pool equipment item. This pool equipment item was not the stolen item detectives were looking for, but was a pool equipment item that appeared stolen.
The detectives then served a search warrant at Rosales’ residence on Old Ranch Road and found approximately $30,000 worth of apparently stolen pool equipment items.
Through further investigation, the stolen pool equipment item the detectives were looking for was found to be sold by Rosales and installed in a residence in San Dimas.
Rosales was arrested for possession of stolen property and booked into the High Desert Detention Center.
The large pool equipment items (pool heaters, pool filters and pool pumps) taken from Rosales’ house have not yet been identified as related to specific thefts. People who have had thefts of large pool equipment items within the last 6 months are encouraged to contact the Victorville City Sheriff’s Station at (760)241-2911 to attempt to identify their missing pool equipment item(s).
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