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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

Date/Time:               June 11, 2014/10:21 a.m.

Incident:                   Recovered Stolen Vehicle/Possession of Suspected Methamphetamine

Location:                  National Trails Highway east of Hinkley Road

Suspect(s):              Charles W. Griffith, age 24 of Helendale;  Brandy Lake, age 32 of Helendale


Victim(s):                Confidential


On June 11, 2014, at approximately 8:40 a.m. the Barstow Sheriff's Department received a report of a theft of a Freightliner dump truck in Helendale.  Deputy Dickey responded to the location and took the vehicle theft report.  The truck was value at approximately $50,000.00. 

While on routine patrol in the area, Deputy Dickey observed the trucking being driven on the roadway.  A felony traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle.  Suspect, Charles Griffin, was found to be the driver and suspect, Brandy Luke, was the passenger.  During the course of the investigation, a quantity of suspected methamphetamine was found in Griffin's possession.  Luke as also found to have an active no bail narcotics warrant out of Orange County.

The Freightliner truck was returned to the registered owner.  The suspects, Griffin and Luke were arrested and booked for Grand Theft Auto and Receiving Stolen Property.  Griffin was also booked for possession of a controlled substance.

Anyone with information regarding this incident and the persons involved are urged to contact Deputy Dickey at the Barstow Sheriff's Department (760) 256-4838.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

Refer:        Deputy T. Dickey

Station:     Barstow Sheriff's Department

Phone No.:  (760) 256-4838

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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