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SBSD - Yucaipa Police Department
Friday October 6th, 2017 :: 11:18 a.m. PDT


Deputies recovery a stolen vehicle after two men attempted to tow it from a parking lot

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 6:25 a.m.

INCIDENT: Grand Theft Auto and Recovery

LOCATION: Stater Bros parking lot

SUSPECT #1: Margarito Rios, age 50, San Bernardino resident

SUSPECT #2: Jose Mejia, age 39, Garden Grove resident

The victim, a New York resident, was storing his vehicle at a family member's residence in Yucaipa. A neighbor witnessed the suspects stealing the vehicle from the driveway and called the Yucaipa Police Department. The suspects used another vehicle to tow the stolen vehicle with a chain to the Stater Bros on Yucaipa Blvd. They stopped in the parking lot to attach a tow hitch to the stolen vehicle, when deputies arrived and arrested both suspects and recovered the stolen vehicle.

Rios and Mejia were booked at the Central Detention Center for Grand Theft Auto.

This is a fine example of a vigilant citizen alerting law enforcement to suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

Anyone with information should contact the Yucaipa Station at (909)918-2305 or remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78-CRIME or

Refer: Deputy O. Rodriguez

Station: Yucaipa

Phone No. (909) 918-2305

Case No. 141703210

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

SBSD - Yucaipa Police Department
34144 Yucaipa Blvd
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Emergency: 9-1-1

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