“On Thursday Hesperia Detectives received a tip, through We-tip, that the stolen items were in a storage unit located in Gardena. Hesperia Detectives contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who immediately responded to the storage facility where they found 2 suspects identified as Steven Garcia and Andy Monreal. A Search Warrant was secured for the storage container and an additional rental vehicle driven by the suspects. Hesperia Detectives and the Hesperia Gang Team with Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Carson Station executed the warrant. During the search, they located about half of the victim’s property, a significant amount of narcotics and a loaded firearm which was determined to be stolen. Deputies and Detectives were unable to locate the missing Penske truck or the remaining stolen property. The victim was called to the scene where he identified and recovered his belongings,” as described in a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s press release.
“Suspect Steve Garcia was arrested and booked at West Valley Detention Center for HS11370.1(a), possession of controlled substance while armed, HS11550(e), use of a controlled substance while armed, PC29800(a)(1)felon in possession of a firearm, PC496(a), receiving stolen property and is being held on $90,000 bail.
Suspect Andy Monreal was discovered to be on Post Release Community Supervision out of Los Angeles County as a result of AB109. He was booked at West Valley Detention Center for HS11370.1(a), possession of controlled substance while armed, HS11550(e), use of a controlled substance while armed, PC29800(a)(1)felon in possession of a firearm, PC496(a), receiving stolen property and is being held on $90,000 bail. Monreal is also being held on outstanding warrants from Bell PD and Downey PD totaling $70,000 and PC3455(b)(1), violation of Post Release Community Supervision; no bail.
Recovery of the stolen property and apprehension of the suspects was due in large to the outstanding teamwork by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Hesperia Detectives. This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to please contact the Hesperia Station Detective Bureau at (760)947-1500.
WE-TIP continues to be an invaluable resource for law enforcement. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department or WE-TIP INC(1-800-78-CRIME, www.wetip.com) to report suspicious or criminal activity and can remain anonymous.”