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2 Apple Valley residents arrested for receiving stolen property and drugs

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( Two Apple Valley residents were arrested for receiving stolen property and possession of drugs, officials said.

On November 17, 2017, at 11:17 p.m. Sergeant Sean Struebing from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station was approached by a customer at Circle K, located on the corner of State Highway 18 and Mondamon Road, in Apple Valley.

“The customer had a panicked look on his face and said he had just witnessed a white male adult, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, enter the business with a handgun in a holster. He then watched the subject leave the store, enter a gray Jeep with black rims, and drive westbound on Taloga Road,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

Sgt. Struebing located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, identified as 18-year-old Matthew Ethan DiFalco, was found to have a pellet gun in the holster on his side.

During a search of the vehicle, Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and stolen credit cards were located.

When deputies contacted the owner of the credit cards, they learned the victim’s mail had been stolen sometime between November 14, 2017, and November 16, 2017, from their residence in the town of Apple Valley.

Matthew Ethan DiFalco was arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center. He is currently being held in lieu of $35,000.00 bail. A passenger in the vehicle, Debra Ann Joseph, 62, was arrested for warrants.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact at Sergeant Sean Struebing or Deputy Jeremy Weaver at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6800. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at

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