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3 men arrested for burglarizing 7th Street Pawn in Victorville

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — A call to 911 reporting possible suspicious activity resulted in the arrest of three homeless men caught stealing property from a business.

On October 29, 2019, at about 10:14 pm, a citizen called dispatch to report they saw three males behind 7th Street Pawn and believed it to be suspicious.

Deputies from the Victorville Police Department responded to the location and located three subjects on Loves Lane, behind the pawnshop.

The subjects, later identified as Edward Michael Serpa, 33, James Joe Chavous, 32, and Zak Villegas, 24, had in their possession three generators and a garden trimmer. All items were confirmed to have been taken from the pawnshop, without permission.

Serpa, Chavous, and Villegas were arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime.

We would like to thank the citizen that saw what they believed to be suspicious activity and reported it. When you see something and say something our community is a safer place for everyone.

According to booking logs, Serpa, Chavous, and Villegas are each charged with PC459 Burglary and PC182(A)(1) Conspiracy and are each held on a $25,000 bail. A preliminary arraignment hearing is scheduled in a Victorville courtroom on October 31, 2019.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy S. Ramirez at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at

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