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Phelan Stater Bros. employees help police arrest ID theft suspect

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PHELAN, Calif. ( — A couple of sharp-eyed Stater Brother’s employee’s helped authorities nab a felony probationer in possession of fraudulent credit cards along with other stolen property, officials said.

On Thursday, August 16, 201 8, at 7:45 am, Deputies Leiker and Carrera with the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the report of a suspicious subject at Stater Bros. Market located at 4059 Phelan Road.

The male suspect, later identified as Benjamin Misenheimer, 27, of Loma Linda, was at the grocery store and attempted to purchase items and make money withdraws on what employees believed to be fraudulent credit cards.

“He left the store before deputies arrived; however, employees provided a thorough description of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving,” officials said.

Deputies located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Misenheimer, was found to be on felony formal probation and currently on Post Community Release Supervision.

According to a sheriff’s news release, “during a search of his vehicle, deputies located numerous stolen credit and debit cards, drivers’ licenses, social security cars and passports not belonging to him. Additionally, a forged check, expensive jewelry, narcotics, and drug paraphernalia were located.”

The information provided to law enforcement by the employees assisted in the apprehension of Misenheimer. “Stater Bros. Market employees did an excellent job,” officials said.

Misenheimer was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for possession of stolen property, possession of forged notes, possession of personal identifying information with the intent to defraud and an outstanding warrant. He is currently being held in lieu of $60,000.00 bail.

Deputies have contacted multiple victims and the case is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy M. Leiker or Deputy E. Carrera 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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