BARSTOW, Calif. — The Barstow Police Department arrested three burglary suspects wanted in connection to several vehicle burglaries.
On October 18, 2019, at approximately 1:24 P.M., officers responded to Carl’s Jr. Restaurant located in the 2800 Block of Lenwood Road regarding a vehicle burglary that had just occurred.
The caller reported that someone smashed out the window of her vehicle and stole several items of her property.
Officer Juan Zepeda responded to the location and during his investigation learned of a second burglary to a vehicle that occurred at the IHOP Restaurant, located in the 2800 block of Lenwood Road. The second caller reported that their vehicle window had also been smashed out and several items of their property taken.
Officer Zepeda obtained footage of the burglaries from surveillance cameras located at the Carl’s Jr. and IHOP Restaurants. The surveillance footage showed that three Black male adults broke into both vehicles and fled the area in a white Kia SUV. Officers checked the area for the Kia but were unable to locate the vehicle or the suspects.
At 1:51 P.M., Barstow Police Dispatch received a third call for service regarding two vehicles that had been broken into at Barstow Station, located in the 1600 block of East Main Street.
Both victims reported that someone smashed out the windows to their vehicles and stole their property.
Corporal Jose Barrientos responded to the scene and located a person who witnessed the burglaries. The witness reported that he observed three black male adults break into the vehicles and then drive away in a white Kia SUV.
The victim from the first burglary was able to track one of her stolen electronic devices and learned that the suspects were traveling northbound on the Interstate 15 freeway towards Baker. The Barstow Police Department requested the assistance of the California Highway Patrol’s Baker Officers.
California Highway Patrol Officers were able to intercept the white Kia in Baker, CA. and contact the occupants.
The officers identified the suspects as Demari Taylor, 22-year-old Stockton, CA. resident, Diontay Espinoza, 22-year-old Sacramento, CA. resident, and Adrian McGee, 28-year-old Vallejo, CA. resident.
The trio matched the description of the suspects provided by the witness and captured on the surveillance video.
Corporal Barrientos responded to the location with the witness to conduct an in-field show-up. The witness positively identified all three as the suspects who broke into the vehicles at Barstow Station.
Officers searched the suspect’s Kia SUV and located several items of stolen property from all four of the reported vehicle burglaries.
Corporal Barrientos arrested Taylor, Espinoza, and McGee and transported them to the Barstow Police Department. He inventoried the recovered stolen property and returned the items to the victims.
Demari Taylor, Dionay Espinoza, and Adrian McGee were booked at the San Bernardino County Jail in Barstow for Penal Code 487(a)- Grand Theft, Penal Code 459- Burglary, and Penal Code 182(a)(1)-Conspiracy.
Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation may contact Corporal Jose Barrientos or Officer Juan Zepeda at the Barstow Police Department (760) 256-2211.
Those wishing to remain anonymous may also provide information by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.