San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: October 8, 2016

INCIDENT: PC 459 Burglary LOCATION: 2000 Block of Flora Vista, City of Needles SUSPECT(S): Richard Ryan Leonard, age 28 of Needles VICTIM(S): Confidential


On September 27, 2016, deputies from the Needles Police Department/Colorado River Station responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Flora Vista in the City of Needles following the report of a burglary that had occurred.


On October 7, 2016, the suspect, later identified as Ricahrd Leonard returned to the residence and attempted to break in a second time. The victim was home and confronted the suspect, causing the suspect to flee on foot. Deputies responded to the residence and by using evidence from the original theft and new evidence from the second burglary attempt, they were able to identify the suspect. Deputies obtained an arrest warrant for Richard Leonard and he was arrested on October 8th at 1707 West Needles Highway. He was transported and booked into the Needles Jail for two counts of first-degree burglary.   Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Timothy Preston at the Colorado River Sheriff’s Station (760) 326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Holtine at 1-800-782-7463 or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at   Refer:Detective Timothy Preston Station:Colorado River Station Phone No.(760) 326-9200 Case No.211600934

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