BARSTOW, Calif. — A 31-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico man was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property, officials said.
On February 25, 2018, at approximately 8:25 pm, the victim exited the Dairy Queen at 25635 Crucero Road in Ludlow and witnessed an unknown male smash a window on her vehicle.
The male took her purse from the passenger seat and fled in a vehicle as she contacted Sheriff’s Dispatch. The vehicle was described as a brown pick-up truck with a white camper shell.
On February 26, 2018, at approximately 11:10 am, Deputy J Mamon found the truck parked near a local business in Newberry Springs. A records check determined the truck had been reported stolen out of Flagstaff, Arizona, but had a black camper shell at that time.
Deputies from the Barstow Sheriff’s Station contacted the occupant of the vehicle, who was identified as Joel Martin. Deputy Mamon authored a search warrant for the vehicle and recovered the victim’s property along with multiple firearms, high capacity magazines and ammunition. One firearm was determined to be stolen and a tactical vest was taken for safekeeping, pending identification of its owner. Martin was placed under arrest and transported to the Barstow Jail for PC 459 Burglary; PC 496 Possession of Stolen Property; and PC 496D(A) Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Barstow Sheriff’s Station at (760) 256-4838. Citizens wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.