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Out of state grand theft of a stolen vehicle
March 2, 2018
NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday February 27, 2018 at 7:41a.m., a deputy from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station responded to a report of a suspicious person attempting to open car doors in the 3300 block of Needles Hwy. Upon arrival, the deputy located the person, Anthony Martin (age 22 of Lakeland, Florida), walking on Needles Hwy and detained him.
During the investigation it was learned the California Highway Patrol was pursuing a 2006 Jeep Cherokee reported stolen in Florida and being driven by Martin. Martin abandon the vehicle in the area of Needles Hwy and fled on foot, when he was apprehended.
Martin was turned over to the custody of the CHP for their investigation and he was subsequently booked into the Colorado River Station jail for vehicle theft and felony evading with bail set at $100,000. The arrest was the result of great teamwork by Sheriff’s deputies and CHP officers who removed a dangerous criminal from the streets.
Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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