POSTED: 01/29/14, 7:04 PM PST |By Greg Cappis,
YUCCA VALLEY >> Sheriff deputies launched a special operation targeting panhandlers, leading to seven arrests Wednesday.
The eight-hour operation was spurred by an increase in calls for service and concern made to the sheriff’s Morongo Basin Station, according to a department news release.
Deputies investigated a report of people living illegally in a town-owned building in the 7300 block of Elk Trail. There, two transients were arrested on suspicion of trespassing and released at the scene, according to the department.
Yucca Valley Public Works was asked to properly secure and board up the property, the department said.
Deputies made five other arrests — three on suspicion of panhandling, one on suspicion of consuming alcohol in public and another on a misdemeanor public intoxication arrest warrant.
Sheriff’s Press release:
Responding to an increase in calls for service and public concern, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Morongo Basin Station, conducted an operation targeting panhandling and public nuisance crimes throughout the Town of Yucca Valley. During the eight hour operation, the following activity took place:
Deputies investigated a report of squatters living in a Town of Yucca Valley owned building in the 7300 block of Elk Trail, Yucca Valley. Numerous complaints related to aggressive panhandlers have recently been made in this area as well. Investigating deputies contacted and arrested Gary Stevens, a 54 YOA male transient, and Roy Johnson, a 33 YOA male transient, for trespassing at the location. Both were cite released in the field. Yucca Valley Public Works was contacted and responded to the property to board up and properly secure the location.
Tonya Trenholm, a 46 YOA female resident of Landers, was arrested for panhandling in the 58000 block of SR62, Yucca Valley.
Paul Garrison, a 26 YOA male transient, was arrested for panhandling in the 58000 block of SR62, Yucca Valley.
Bobby Owens, a 31 YOA, a male resident of Yucca Valley, was arrested for panhandling in the 57000 block of SR62, Yucca Valley.
Richard Esquibel, a 60 YOA resident of Yucca Valley, was arrested on a $25,000 misdemeanor public intoxication arrest warrant.
Michael Proulx, a 54 YOA resident of Landers, was issued a citation for consuming an alcoholic beverage at an “Off-Sale Licensed Location” in the 57000 block of SR62, Yucca Valley.
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