***UPDATE JULY 18, 2019***
On Thursday, July 18, 2019, Detectives from the Apple Valley Police Department identified Maria Martinez, a 38-year-old Victorville resident as a suspect in this case. Upon further investigation it was determined, Martinez was in possession of the breathing machine and coordinated the property to be dropped off in the 16000 block of Forrest Avenue. Martinez was arrested and booked into High Desert Detention Center for violation of Penal Code 496, possession of stolen property.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at the Apple Valley Police Department at (760) 240-7400 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or can leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
Refer: Jackie Alban, Media Relations
Station: Apple Valley Police Department
Phone No. (760) 240-7400
Case No. 171906114
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
DATE/TIME: July 15, 2019 / 11:56am
INCIDENT: Found Property
LOCATION: 16700 block of Forrest Avenue, Victorville
SUMMARY: On July 15, 2019, Deputy J. Carroll and Deputy M. Lee, from the Victorville Police Department responded to a call in the 16700 block of Forrest Avenue regarding possible stolen property.
The caller told Sheriff’s Dispatch there were two small suitcases thrown out of a vehicle. Information written on the cases lead the caller to believe they may contain the breathing machine belonging to a 14-year old Apple Valley girl, which had been stolen during a residential burglary on July 12, 2019.
Upon arrival, deputies confirmed the cases contained the breathing machine. The family has been contacted and the machine will be returned to the victim today. Deputies will continue to investigate all information and leads received on the case to locate and charge the suspect(s) responsible for the theft.
Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Deputy J. Carroll or Deputy M. Lee at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
Refer: Mara Rodriguez, Media Relations
Station: Victorville Police Department
Case #: 171906114
Phone No. (760) 241-2911
JOHN MCMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department