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Adelanto man offers to help woman and steals her purse

ADELANTO, Calif. ( — A man who stole a purse from a woman after he offered to help put air in her tire was arrested, officials said.

Deputies responded to a theft at Dunes Gas Station, in the 11500 Block of Bartlett Avenue in Adelanto on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.

According to a sheriff’s news release, the suspect, later identified as Steven Mejia, 37, of Adelanto approached the victim and offered to help her put air in her tires. “Mejia told the victim to go inside and ask to have the air turned on. Once the victim walked inside, Mejia entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole her purse,” stated the news release.

Through the investigation, deputies were able to identify the suspect and the victim’s purse was located at Mejia’s residence and returned to the victim.

Steven Mejia, who is currently on probation out of Los Angeles County, was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for petty theft PC488. According to booking logs, Mejia was cite released and is no longer in custody as of 5:00 pm.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Sergeant Sean Struebing 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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