PHELAN – A 42-year-old and 36-year-old Phelan man were arrested for the possession of a stolen vehicle on Tuesday night authorities said. Deputies from the Phelan substation responded to the Phelan Stater Bros. reference the report of a 2016 Land Rover that had been parked in the parking lot for two days.
The reporting party told authorities that it was believed that the subjects inside of the vehicle had been siphoning gas from other vehicles within the parking lot. The responding deputy determined that the vehicle was stolen from Sun City California. While investigating, the deputy saw the headlights and taillights flashing and two subjects rush towards it. When the deputy made contact with the subjects, identified as Julian Rodriguez and Robert Snethen they told the deputy that a friend loaned them the vehicle. The two subjects were unable to provide any evidence to corroborate the statement, nor could they provide the friend’s information.
Through a records check, the deputy identified Rodriguez as a documented gang member, and Snethen as a career criminal. Both Rodriguez and Snethen were booked into the High Desert Detention for stolen vehicle.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy William Fifita at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6801. 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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