PHELAN – A mid-1990’s convicted child molester from Phelan managed to steer clear of any further jail time until this week when he was arrested for possession of stolen property and theft by fraud.
A search warrant was issued as a result of an investigation that was initiated by Dell Computers, INC. Dell Computers fraud investigators reported that between the months of February 21, 2018, and April 17, 2018, eighteen laptop computers were ordered online using stolen credit card holder identities and addresses. Dell was able to stop the delivery of twelve of these, while six were delivered to a home in the 12800 block of Hacienda Road in Phelan, where all orders were to be delivered.
The report was investigated and surveillance was done on the home. On the morning of Wednesday, April 18, 2018, a search warrant was served on the home where multiple stolen items, including a Dell laptop computer, two HP Notebook computers, and jewelry. Inside the home, authorities located shipping labels and receipts from FedEx/ UPS/USPS. Several of the prepared shipping labels were addressed to an address in Ghana, Africa.
Shaun Patrick Russum, 53, of Phelan, who resides at the home was witnessed by authorities accepting the deliveries. Russum was arrested for possession of stolen property and theft by fraud. He was booked into the High Desert Detention Center and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Molly Leiker at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6800. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at www.wetip.com.
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