San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: November 11, 2016 / 6:41 p.m.

INCIDENT: Dependent Adult Theft, Forged Check, Burglary, Grand Theft

LOCATION: 22000 block of Grand Terrace Rd, Grand Terrace

VICTIM: Confidential Elderly Female, Resident of Grand Terrace

SUSPECT: Chauntel Dunnigan, 38-year-old resident of Norco


Chauntel Dunnigan had been working as a caregiver for the elderly victim at a senior home in Grand Terrace since September of this year. The victim initially noticed two of her personal checks missing that were later cashed by Dunnigan in her name. The victim also noticed several pieces of jewelry missing from her bedroom; the pieces were appraised at approximately $20,000.00.

On November 11, 2016 family members reported the thefts to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Central Station, where Deputy Carrico investigated the incident. Carrico conducted a thorough investigation and obtained an arrest warrant and search warrant for Dunnigan.

On Friday, November 18, 2016, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Carrico and Detectives from Central Station located Dunnigan leaving her residence and took her into custody. They served the search warrant at her home and located some of the missing jewelry and a pawn slip. Detectives tracked down additional missing jewelry and were able to recover it before it was melted down.

There were several pieces of miscellaneous gold jewelry located at Dunnigan’s residence indicating there are other possible victims that have been in contact with Dunnigan. Dunnigan’s booking photo is being released to the public as detectives believe there may be additional victims in the Inland Empire.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Central Station. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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Refer: Deputy Carrico
Station: Central Station
Phone No: (909)387-3545
Case No: #121600905

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700