On March 25, 2014, at approximately 9:30 p.m., deputies from the Morongo Basin Station responded to the Yucca Valley Food 4 Less for a reported theft by fraud. Store security personnel observed Torres and Downen steal several items from inside the business. These items were turned over to Wunderlee who was waiting outside. Wunderlee brought the items and a false receipt back into the store and attempted to return them for cash. When store personnel confronted the suspects, they fled the location. Through investigation, the three suspects were identified as being involved in this crime.
As the investigation continued, deputies identified evidence indicating that some or all of the suspects have committed numerous thefts and returns, as described above, throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties over the last several months. Stores targeted have included Wal-Mart, Food 4 Less, Home Depot, Rite-Aid and Big Lots locations. Communities where these thefts have occurred include Beaumont, Banning, 29 Palms and Yucca Valley. Deputies believe these suspects have been involved in thefts and returns amounting to several thousand dollars.
All three suspects were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail on charges of burglary and conspiracy to a crime.
Booking photographs of the suspects are attached. Anyone with information related to these suspects, and any business who may have been targeted by these suspects, should contact Deputy Jacob Naylor using the contact information listed below.
Suzanne Torres Scott Downen Patrick Wunderlee
Refer: Dep: Jacob Naylor
Station: Morongo Basin
Phone No: (760) 366-4175
Case No: 231400600