San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: March 16, 2016

INCIDENT: GTA Recovery / Chop Shop LOCATION: 34417 Fairview Drive, Yucaipa SUSPECT(S): Moreno, John Joseph, age 30 of Yucaipa VICTIM(S): Confidential


SUMMARY: On March 16, 2016, the Yucaipa Police Department Multiple Enforcement Team (MET), San Bernardino Probation K9, and Station Detectives conducted a Probation check at 34417 Fairview Drive for John Moreno. Moreno, who is currently on felony probation, and a potential suspect in a recovered stolen vehicle in Beaumont, CA.

As Law Enforcement arrived at the residence, Moreno attempted to flee from deputies and was detained without incident. During a check of the residence, a vehicle in the rear yard was found to be stolen and stripped. The engine from the stolen car was being placed into another vehicle. Detectives from the SANCATT Division were called to the scene and confirmed the vehicle and parts were stolen. Moreno was subsequently arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and operating a chop shop. Four other subjects were detained and two subjects, Jacob Contreras of Yucaipa and Savanna Villanueva of San Bernardino were found to have outstanding warrants and arrested. The investigation is ongoing for potential additional suspects by the MET Team and Yucaipa Station Detectives. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Yucaipa Station at (909) 918-2305. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at  Refer: Deputy E. Urban Station: Yucaipa Station Phone No. (909)918-2305 Case No. 671500125 / 671500126 

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