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Vigilant Hesperia Residents Helped Lead Deputies to Burglary Suspects

HESPERIA-( Three suspects, including two juveniles were arrested on Sunday, October 18th in connection with recent burglaries and automobile thefts in the city of Hesperia. At about 2:33 p.m. on Sunday deputies were dispatched to the report of suspicious persons in the neighborhood of Fifth Avenue and Cactus Street.

The report indicated that there were three unfamiliar males in theneighborhood going up to doors and asking for people that did not live in the home. Due to recent vehicle burglaries in the area, residents found the activity suspicious and reported the subjects to the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies from the Hesperia station made contact with the subjects, identified them finding no cause to detain them at that time.

At about 4:19 p.m., the same day, deputies were dispatched to the report of a residential burglary in progress on the 15000 block of Fir Street. Deputies arrived to find the suspects attempted to flee in the victim’s vehicle, but crashed into the fence before leaving the property and fled on foot. Citizens called in reporting the suspects running through the area, one reported as having a gun. The descriptions given matched the the description of the two males that deputies stopped and identified. The suspects were located, detained and identified by witnesses.

Sheriff’s officials said that stolen property, including a stolen gun was located in the area between the victim’s home and where the suspects were detained. Search warrants were served at the homes of the suspects and additional property was located. Two other juveniles were arrested for their involvement with the burglary.

Brian Venerable and the 15 year-old juvenile were arrested and booked on charges of VC10851-Grand theft auto and PC459-Residential burglary. The two 17 year-old juveniles were arrested and booked on charges of PC32/459- Accessory to burglary. Venerable was booked at HDDC and the juveniles were taken to Apple Valley Juvenile Detention Center.

The Hesperia Sheriff’s Department officials said that, Days later, a citizen contacted law enforcement to turn in a set of keys they located in their yard. The keys were found to belong to the residence that was burglarized and were likely tossed by the suspects as they fled from deputies in the area. Citizens know their neighborhoods and when vehicles and people look out of place. Hesperia residents played a vital role in helping deputies identify the suspects and reporting the location of the fleeing suspects so that they could be apprehended.

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