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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME:  March 28, 2014 11:40 am. 


INCIDENT:    Search Warrant and Arrest Clears Multiple Burglaries                        


LOCATION:   Sugarloaf     


SUSPECT:    Derek Mincieli, 19-year-old Resident of Sugarloaf       


VICTIM:          Numerous Big Bear Valley Homeowners



On March 27, 2014, deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station executed a search warrant at a residence on the 400 block of San Bernardino Avenue in Sugarloaf.  Suspect Derek Mincieli was not at the location at the time the warrant was served; however, deputies recovered a large amount of stolen property, including a firearm.  Methamphetamine and packaging consistent with drug sales were also seized.


Mincieli was seen by deputies walking in the neighborhood while the warrant was being served.  Mincieli fled from deputies, instigating a foot pursuit.  With the assistance of the Sheriff’s Aviation Division, the suspect was found hiding under a trailer in a neighbor’s yard and deputies took Mincieli into custody.  


Mincieli was also wanted in connection with a motorcycle that was stolen on March 25.  The motorcycle was reported stolen in the morning and recovered that evening.


Detectives are in the process of contacting identified victims to return the stolen property to its rightful owner.


Suspect Derek Mincieli was booked into the Big Bear Jail on felony charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, vehicle theft on the stolen motorcycle, and possession of narcotics for sale.  Mincieli remains in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail.  An arraignment hearing in this matter is set for April 1, 2014 at San Bernardino County Superior Court.


Refer:             Tiffany Swantek, PIO


Station:          Big Bear Sheriff’s Station


Phone No.     909-866-0100


Case No.       061400258

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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