Store security personnel observed Torres and Downen steal several items from inside the business. These items were turned over to Wunderlee who was waiting outside. Wunderlee brought the items and a false receipt back into the store and attempted to return them for cash. When store personnel confronted the suspects, they fled the location. Through investigation, the three suspects were identified as being involved in this crime.
As the investigation continued, deputies identified evidence indicating that some or all of the suspects have committed numerous thefts and returns, as described above, throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties over the last several months. Stores targeted have included Wal-Mart, Food 4 Less, Home Depot, Rite-Aid and Big Lots locations. Communities where these thefts have occurred include Beaumont, Banning, 29 Palms and Yucca Valley. Deputies believe these suspects have been involved in thefts and returns amounting to several thousand dollars.
All three suspects were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail on charges of burglary and conspiracy to a crime.
- Suzanne Torres, 32 YOA, resident of 29 Palms
- Scott Downen, 61 YOA, resident of 29 Palms
- Patrick Wunderlee, 30 YOA, resident of 29 Palms
Anyone with information related to these suspects, and any business who may have been targeted by these suspects, should contact Deputy Jacob Naylor at (760) 366-4175 reference Case No: 231400600
Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Press Release