VICTORVILLE – Four subjects; three of them juveniles, were arrested scamming Victorville area motorists into donating cash for a fraudulent funeral. Late Wednesday afternoon a deputy from the Victorville station responded to Bear Valley and Mariposa Roads for the report of several juveniles running into the lanes of traffic to collect money from motorists.
The four subjects, all who had plastic jars full of cash and a large sign with the photo of an unidentified infant were detained by the deputy. “The signs indicated the money being collected was to fund a funeral for the infant,” Sheriff’s officials said. “After contacting the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office and further investigation, it was determined the information on the signs was false.”
Shane Alexander, 18, of Fontana, and the three juveniles were determined to have collected over $800. Alexander and one of the juveniles were cited for Theft by Fraud. All were released at the scene, the juveniles were all released to their guardian. The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for the potential filing of charges.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. 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.
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