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3 arrested for grand theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, and warrants

PHELAN, Calif. ( — Police arrested a couple of criminals captured on surveillance video stealing parts from a Phelan Community Service District vehicle, officials said.

According to a sheriff’s news release, “on November 24, 2018, at 2:30 a.m., two male subjects entered the Phelan Community Service District parking lot in a two-tone Ford Ranger. The subjects removed a mounted toolbox, tailgate, and tail lights from one of the Phelan CSD vehicles.”

Officials said the theft was captured on video surveillance and reported later that morning.

“Deputies reviewed the video and noticed the very distinct two-tone paint from the Ford Ranger, but due to the lighting in the video, they were unable to determine the true color of the vehicle,” stated the release.

On December 1st Deputy Joseph Mora located the suspect’s vehicle in the AMPM parking lot on Phelan Road and Sheep Cree Road. The truck was actually red/white and being driven by Robert Christopherson, 27, a resident of Victorville.

“A check of the registration revealed the Ford Ranger was stolen from G&M Towing in October 2018,” officials said.

Christopherson was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and later booked for Grand Theft reference the stolen items from the Phelan CSD. He was booked at High Desert Detention Center and is being held on $125,000 bail.

During the investigation, several items taken during the Phelan CSD theft were recovered in El Mirage including the tailgate. Timothy Langdo, 27, of Phelan and Heather Smith, 33, of Phelan were both arrested and booked for outstanding warrants. Both Langdo and Smith have been released from custody.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact the Victor Valley Station at (760)995-8780.

(photo by SBSD – Victor Valley Sheriff’s Department)

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