VICTORVILLE (VVNG.com)- In response to a recent increase in commercial burglaries, the Victorville Police Department realigned resources to identify and capture the subjects responsible for these crimes.
On January 6, 2017, at approximately 2:32 a.m., a male subject entered a convenience store on Bear Valley Road and pointed a handgun at the clerk. The clerk was forced behind the counter as three additional men entered. The subjects stole multiple items from the store, as well as personal property from the clerk, before fleeing the location.
On January 18, 2017, at 2:38 a.m., four male subjects were captured on video surveillance at a restaurant on Bear Valley Road. One subject is seen breaking the glass door. All four entered and attempt to burglarize the business.
Detectives conducted an extensive investigation into the incidents and on February 23, 2017, the following suspects were arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center, in connection to the crimes.
• Arnold Kelton, 18-year-old Victorville resident – Robbery, Burglary
• Mykeyan Taylor, 18-year-old Victorville resident – Robbery
• Male Juvenile, 17-year-old Victorville resident – Robbery, Burglary
• Male Juvenile, 17-year-old Victorville resident – Burglary
• Male Juvenile, 16-year-old Victorville resident – Burglary
On March 9, 2017, at approximately 3:15 a.m., four male subjects in a 2015 Hyundai were seen circling the parking lot at Roy Rogers Drive and Civic Drive. The driver parked the vehicle in front of a restaurant in the shopping center and the four subjects exited. The group split up and approached three different businesses, where they attempted to smash the glass doors of each business. They were able to enter two of the businesses and remove property, before returning to their vehicle and leaving.
Deputies from the Victorville Police Department attempted to pull the vehicle over as it left the location. The driver failed to yield to deputies. The vehicle was stopped utilizing a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver and the four subjects were detained.
Deputies discovered the subjects had burglarized or attempted to burglarize six businesses in Victorville and two businesses in Apple Valley, within a time span of approximately two hours. The suspects were arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for conspiracy to commit a felony, with a gang enhancement, burglary, and receiving known stolen property. The suspects have been identified as:
• Wendell Prince, 28-year-old Bellflower resident
• Tyler Baughman, 22-year-old Long Beach resident
• Charles Shelton, 24-year-old Long Beach resident
• Joshua Wise, 19-year-old Long Beach resident
The four suspects are believed to be linked to several other burglaries in the High Desert and other areas.
Anyone with information about these investigations is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
(Victorville Police Department press release)