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Man arrested after vandalizing & spray painting his name at Rams truck dealership
August 25, 2018
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Monday, August 20 at about 8:30 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff responded to the 73000 block of Twentynine Palms Highway after getting a report of vandalism. Deputies reviewed surveillance footage and immediately identified the suspect as Frank Lee Willis Jr. (age 19) of Wonder Valley.
On Sunday, August 19, Willis entered the Twentynine Palms Ram Truck dealership by smashing the glass exterior door. Once inside, Willis, began to rearrange furniture and accessed a display vehicle that was parked in the lobby. Willis then used a spray paint can and painted “Willis” inside the business. Willis left the business, approached a Dodge Durango that was parked on the car lot and smashed the exterior driver’s side window. After Willis caused approximately $3,100. dollars in damages, he fled the business.
On Monday, August 20, deputies Robert Stucki and Jeff Sumpter, who are assigned to the Multiple Enforcement Team in Yucca Valley, located Frank Willis inside the Yucca Valley Walmart store. Stucki and Sumpter apprehended Willis without incident inside the store.
Frank Lee Willis Jr was arrested and booked at Morongo Jail for Felony Vandalism and bail was set at $25,000.
Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact Deputy R. Arthurton or Johnathan Holt with the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175.
Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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