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SBSD - Fontana Sheriff's Department
Monday September 3rd, 2018 :: 10:54 a.m. PDT


Two uspects arrested for stealing over $10,000.00 in property.

DATE/TIME: September 2, 2018, at 9:51 a.m.
INCIDENT: Grand Theft Investigation
LOCATION: 17800 block of Valley Boulevard, Fontana
SUSPECT(S): Matthew Braun, 23-year-old male, Resident of Fontana, and John Soflin, 38-year-old male, Resident of Fontana
VICTIM(S): Confidential

On Monday, August 27, 2018, at 9:51 a.m., deputies from the Fontana Sheriff's Station began conducting a grand theft investigation at a commercial business located in the 17800 block of Valley Boulevard in Bloomington. During the investigation, deputies learned two suspects had entered the business and stole approximately $10,000.00 in tools and equipment. Deputies were aided by evidence located at the scene along with detailed surviellance which recorded the theft and helped provide suspect leads.

Deputy Ismael Diaz conducted follow-up investigations. On Saturday, September 1, 2018, Diaz located Matthew Braun near a homeless encampment at Vine Street and Lynwood Street in Bloomington. During the contact, Diaz recovered evidence that linked Braun to the theft and he was subsequently arrested for Grand Theft and booked at West Valley Detention Center.

On Sunday, September 2, 2018, at 9:51 a.m., Diaz, along with Deputy Cody Norris, served a search warrant at a mobile home park located in the 17400 block of Marygold Avenue in Fontana. John Soflin was known to have lived in a shed directly outside one of the mobile homes and was believed to be connected to the theft investigation. During the search warrant, deputies located a large amount of suspected stolen tools and property, suspected controlled substances, and burglary tools along with evidence that connected Soflin to the grand theft investigation. Soflin was arrested for Grand Theft and booked at West Valley Detention Center.

Anyone that might have any additional information related to the investigation, is urged to contact Deputy Ismael Diaz from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Fontana Station, at 909-356-6767. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website at

Refer: Deputy Ismael Diaz
Station: Fontana
Phone No. (909) 356-6767
Case No. 031802367

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Fontana Sheriff's Department
17780 Arrow Blvd
Fontana, CA 92335

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