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Suspect spotted driving stolen truck arrested after pursuit in Victorville

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APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) –A 23-year-old Victorville man is behind bars after leading deputies on a dangerous pursuit in a stolen truck Wednesday night.

At about 7:30 pm., on March 4, 2020, the owner of the truck posted on Facebook that she was watching a movie in Jess Ranch and when she came out her truck was gone. She shared the post to the Victor Valley News Group and asked the community to be on the lookout.

At 9:13 pm, Sergeant Evans from the Apple Valley Police Station was out on patrol when he observed a speeding truck on Highway 18. The truck matched the description of a recently stolen vehicle.

“The vehicle was stolen along with expensive tools and equipment worth over $ 10,000.00.,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

Sgt. Evans coordinated with assisting units and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle which turned into the Walmart but then accelerated back out and west on State Highway 18, failing to yield to the patrol units, officials said.

The pursuit continued west on Highway 18 and into the City of Victorville. As the vehicle approached the intersection of 4th and B. Streets, the suspect jumped from the rolling vehicle and fled on foot.

With the help of Sheriff’s Aviation and Victorville Deputies the suspect, Chad Tichenor, was apprehended as he was attempting to enter a residence.

Luckily, the stolen truck merely rolled into a street sign and came to rest. Most of the property was recovered inside the vehicle. The truck and property were released to the victim at the scene.

Tichenor was booked at High Desert Detention Center for Grand Theft Auto, Felony Failure to Yield, and Parole Violation. No one was injured during the incident.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy Tyler McGee or Sergeant James Evans at the Apple Valley Police Department at (760) 240-7400 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

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