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Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Residential Burglary

February 15, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Saturday, February 11, at about 1:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to a single vehicle traffic accident on the Westbound I-40 west of Needles. The vehicle involved was a 1995 White 2-door Honda Civic and was being driven by Cristain Solis (age 22 of San Bernardino). When CHP officers arrived, they noticed the vehicle appeared to contain numerous possible stolen items.

CHP contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station - Needles Police Department for assistance. When Deputies arrived they positively identified items that were reported stolen earlier in the day.

Between Friday, February 10 at 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 11 at 9:00 a.m., Solis gained entry to one home through an open window and two detached garages in the 3600 Block of Riverview Terrace Drive in Needles. One garage had a window broken by Solis to gain entry and the other was entered using a hidden key next to the door. All three structures were located on three different properties. Some of the items that were taken included a Colt Revolver and over 2000 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition Other miscellaneous items were taken from a bedroom as the victims slept.

The victims were contacted, identified their property and the property was released. The items that were stolen had a total value in excess of $10,000. Solis is currently on felony probation for a firearms related charge.

Advertise in The Desert IndependentSolis was transported to the Colorado River - Needles Police Station for questioning, was interviewed and subsequently arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Residential Burglary. He was booked at the Needles jail on $50,000 bail.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to cont act Detective Nick Caronna at (760)326-9200.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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