DATE/TIME OF INCIDENT: Friday, June 8, 2018 10:12am
INCIDENT: POSSESSION OF STOLEN VEHICLES, FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARMS, OPERATION OF A CHOP SHOP
LOCATION: 12600 block of Laguna Seca Drive, Apple Valley
SUSPECT: James Wilkins, 64 years-old, of Apple Valley
On Friday, June 8, 2018, Deputy Kraft from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the report of a deceased 61-year-old male at a residence in the 12600 block of Laguna Seca Drive in Apple Valley. According to the caller, he went to the residence to see his friend, Dennis Coss, and found him deceased inside the house.
There was no foul play suspected in Mr. Coss’ death and while waiting for the Coroner, Deputy Kevin Kraft noticed numerous vehicles and vehicle parts all over the property. He started running the VIN Numbers and a Husqvarna motorcycle was confirmed stolen. Deputy Kraft contacted the SANCATT Unit who responded to the property with a warrant and located a second stolen motorcycle and took several other vehicles with obliterated VIN Numbers for further investigation.
During the service of this search warrant, Deputy Kraft learned the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station Gang Team had a warrant for the property and was looking for a subject living at the residence, James Wilkins. The Gang Team served the search warrant and removed several firearms. Wilkins is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms. No arrests were made at the time of the service of the warrants.
The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Kevin Kraft at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6800. 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.
Refer: Staci Parks
Station: Victor Valley
Report # 181803060/ 671800407/ 071801849
Phone No: 760-552-6845
JOHN MCMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department