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DATE/TIME: June 23, 2019 @ 1738 hours.

INCIDENT: Theft of Utilities – Marijuana Cultivation.

LOCATION: 800 block Market Street, Needles

SUSPECT: Thomas Sanchez, age 50 a resident of Needles

On Monday, June 23, 2019, at approximately 5:38 p.m. the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 800 block of Market Street in the city of Needles, reference a residential house fire. The fire department quickly extinguished the fire and located an indoor marijuana grow in the garage of the residence. The source of the fire was caused by a non- permitted electrical bypass.The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Team responded and removed 338 marijuana plants, chemicals and grow equipment from the residence. Sanchez was taken into custody for PC 498(D) Theft of Utilities and HS 11358, Cultivation of Marijuana and transported to the Colorado River Station jail for booking. Sanchez is being held on $25,000 bail, pending a court hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy B. Abell of the Colorado River Station (760)326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-crime (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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Refer: Deputy D. Martinez

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. 760-326-9200

Case No. 211900352

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