PINON HILLS, Calif. — A previously convicted criminal released under AB-109 was recently arrested after police learned he burglarized the home of an elderly man multiple times, officials said.
According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s news release, the victim is a 76-year-old disabled man who lives in Pinon Hills. The elderly victim was at his home in the 2200 block of Sunny Slope Road when the suspect, Zachariah Pacillos, 44, a resident of Victorville broke into his residence on June 16th and 18th.
Pacillos made entry into the home by breaking the entry door on a detached garage, officials said.
“Pacillos stole multiple items including ammunition and firearms. During that time, Pacillos attempted to access a locked safe but was unsuccessful. On June 21, 2018, at 5:45 a.m., Pacillos returned to the residence with multiple tools capable of breaking into the safe,” stated a sheriff’s news release.
The victim called sheriff’s dispatch, and deputies from the Phelan Sub-Station arrived at the residence within minutes and apprehended Pacillos.
Pacillos was released from custody in February 2018, to Post Release Community Supervision under AB 109 prison realignment. As a term of his continued release from custody, after he could not be found by the San Bernardino County Probation Department at his listed residence, was the addition of GPS monitoring through an ankle bracelet.
A joint effort of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Victor Valley Station and the Regional Gang Task force resulted in search warrants being served at Pacillos’ residence and other locations he frequented. As a result, some stolen evidence was recovered. Pacillos was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for Burglary and Elder Abuse. Pacillos’ bail was set at $125,000.00.
Investigators are looking for any additional victims. Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Detective J. Gernon, Phelan Sub-Station, (760) 868-1006. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at www.wetip.com.