Suspected car thief arrested after crashing, running in Phelan

PHELAN, Calif. ( — A 23-year-old Phelan man in possession of a stolen vehicle was arrested after trying to evade deputies Thursday afternoon.

The vehicle, a 1996 green Honda Accord was stolen from the victim’s driveway in Phelan sometime between 8 am – 2 pm on October 31, 2018. The victim, a 45-year-old male was able to provide deputies with the plate number and a good description of the vehicle.

On November 1st at about 2:30 pm, Deputy Mora was on patrol when he saw the stolen vehicle driven by Robert Hallum in the area of Smoke Tree and Riggins Roads in Phelan.

According to a sheriff’s news release, Hallum attempted to flee from Mora, driving erratically through desert areas.

“The vehicle became stuck in a soft dirt embankment and Hallum exited the vehicle. Hallum ran from the vehicle but was quickly taken into custody without incident,” stated the release.

Robert Hallum was booked at the High Desert Detention Center where he is currently being held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail. He is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on November 5, 2018.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Mora 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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