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Burglary Suspects Flee on Foot After Getting U-Haul Stuck



U-Haul stuck in field after robbery (Submitted photo)

VICTORVILLE-(  A 28-year-old Victorville man was arrested for burglarizing a home on the 12700 block of Ponderosa Ranch Road in Victorville. On Saturday, May 7th at around 10:53 a.m. a witness reported seeing two men leaving his neighbor’s home with items that belonged to residents who were not home.

The suspects described only as two white men, placed the items into a U-Haul truck and left the scene. The reporting party followed the men for several miles until they went over the curb and into the desert on Amethyst Road and Sycamore Street.

The Uhaul became stuck in the desert area and the two suspects fled on foot through a residential area. Per scanner traffic, one of the suspects was witnessed running into the garage of a home on the 13200 block of Cloverly Avenue and a woman shut the garage.

Victorville Sheriff’s Station Spokeswoman, Mara Rodriguez told Victor Valley News that one of the suspects, Leonard Rice, 28 was contacted by deputies and taken into custody.

He was arrested for burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition and receiving stolen property. Rice is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on Tuesday afternoon and is being held at the High Desert Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.

All of the stolen property was recovered and the Uhaul was determined to be rented by the suspect. The second suspect remains at large, the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Victorville Sheriff’s Station at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at