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Juvenile and Adult Males Arrested in Connection with Barstow Firearm Theft

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BARSTOW – A 17-year-old male juvenile and a 20-year-old man were arrested in connection with the theft of a shotgun and handgun last month.

On Monday, September 26, 2016, Barstow police were dispatched to the 1800 block of Forane Street for the report of a theft of firearms. The victim, Albert Ramirez Sr. told police that the shotgun and a .25 caliber handgun were stolen from his home while relatives were visiting. He went on to tell police that he had suspicions that a 17-year-old juvenile may have stolen the firearms.

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, an assault with a firearm occurred in the 1700 block of Paloma Street. The victim, Brian Essex, who happened to be a  friend of Ramirez Sr. said that the suspect, later identified as Arnold Navarro came to his home and began to cause a disturbance. Essex approached Navarro, who then pointed a shotgun at him. Essex believed that he recognized the shotgun as one that belonged to Ramirez Sr. The suspicious circumstances led the detective to request and obtain a search warrant of Navarro’s home.

The search warrant was served and executed at Navarro’s home on Wednesday, October 26, 2016,  and both of the stolen firearms were located in Navarro’s room. Detectives also learned that the 17-year-old juvenile stole the firearms and subsequently sold them to Navarro. The juvenile was arrested and booked into the High Desert Juvenile Detention Center for the theft of the firearms. Arnold Navarro was arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center for assault with a firearm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Reyes at 760-255-5183 or the Barstow Police Department, (760) 256-2211.  Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-TIP hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.  

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