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Transient arrested for attempted GTA in Victorville released on zero-bail

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 49-year-old transient arrested for an attempted Grand Theft Auto (GTA) in Victorville was released hours later due to the state’s COVID-19 zero-bail policy.

It happened on June 26, 2020, at about 7:40 PM at the Village Oaks Apartments in the 14400 block of Begonia Road.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez said the owner witnessed the suspect later identified as Vernon Lamont Colbert, was using different keys and trying to open the doors. “He confronted him and Colbert said it was his car and challenged the owner to a fight,” stated Rodriguez.

When a family member of the owner came out to investigate, Colbert left. When deputies arrived they located Colbert in a tent, in a desert near the incident location. Colbert was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center.

In accordance with the then in effect California Emergency Bail Schedule, his bail was set at $0 and he was released shortly after booking.

The desert area next to the apartments has become a new homeless encampment. (google maps)

Keeping Your Car Safe: Tips for Preventing Auto Theft:

  1. Lock Your Doors. …
  2. Remove Your Keys from the Vehicle. …
  3. Do Not Leave a Spare Key Near Your Vehicle. …
  4. Close the Windows. …
  5. Park in Well-Lit Areas. …
  6. Install an Audible Alarm System and Anti-Theft Device. …
  7. Install a Vehicle Immobilizer System. …
  8. Install a Tracking System.

(Auto Theft Tips: Allstate)


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