San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: July 19, 2016 / 10:00am

INCIDENT: Grand Theft/ Elder Abuse Arrest

LOCATION: 34000 Block of Yucaipa Boulevard, Yucaipa

SUSPECT(S): David Yniguez age 18 a resident of Yucaipa  


On Wednesday July 13, 2016, at approximately 4:01 p.m., deputies from the Yucaipa Police Department responded to the report of a theft of a purse in the Vons Supermarket located in the 34000 block of Yucaipa Boulevard. Upon arrival, deputies were advised that the victim, an elderly female, was shopping and hadplaced her purse in the child’s seating area of the cart. The victim bent down to retrieve an item from a lower shelf taking her attention away from the cart for only seconds. A male subject was captured on surveillance video removing her purse from the cart and exiting the store. Grocery money along with personal items were inside the purse, which left the victim very distraught. Several employees from Vons gathered their personal money together to help pay for her items.


At approximately 10:00p.m.that evening, an employee of a local gas station found the victim’s purse inside a trashcan near the gas pumps and turned it into department personnelat the police department.


Through investigation, Sheriff’s Service Specialist J. Smith was able to identify the suspect as David Yniguez, and turned the case over to station detectives.


On Tuesday, July 19th at approximately 9:00a.m., detectives served a search warrant at David Yniguez’ residence where evidence was located connecting him to the crime.Yniguezwas arrested and booked at Central Detention Center for grand theft and elder abuse.


Captain Anthony Onodera of the Yucaipa Police Department would like to recommend to area residents when you are placing personal bags in a shopping cart, secure them with the child safety strap if available. This will hinder subject’s ability to remove your bag from the cart.



Phone No. 909 918-2305

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