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Police Arrest Apple Valley Man For Stealing Catalytic Converters

APPLE VALLEY-(VVNG.com): An Apple Valley man was arrested at about noon on Thursday, July 30th in connection to a recent string of thefts that took place in a shopping center parking lot.

The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Michael David Montes is believed to be responsible for several thefts of catalytic converters in the parking lot of the Target store located at 19201 Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said, the thefts have taken place over the past three-weeks, during which time they were conducting an investigation.

During the three-week time period dispatch has received multiple reports of a man in a white Toyota that people felt was stealing parts from vehicles. Through investigation detectives identified Montes as the suspect.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for his home in the 21000 block of Jelan Avenue, which led to the discovery of evidence that linked him to the recent thefts. Evidence, including a vehicle that was described by witnesses was located on the property.

Montes was arrested and booked at the High Desert Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bail. He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on the grand theft charges at the Victorville Superior court on Monday, August 3rd.

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