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Caught on camera

June 2, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – During the early morning hours on Wednesday, May 30, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department responded to reports of several vehicle burglaries and thefts from vehicles in the areas of California Street, R Street and the 2300 block of Needles Hwy.

During their investigation, deputies obtained video depicting the suspects carrying some of the reported stolen property, including a 9mm handgun.

Later that evening about 11:15 p.m., while a deputy was patrolling in the area of the 200 block of J Street, he observed two subjects that matched the description of suspects involved in numerous vehicle burglaries and thefts from vehicles that had occurred over the past 24 hours in the west end of the city. The deputy contacted the subjects at the Jack in the Box on J Street. The subjects were identified as Darren Stevens (age 25) and a 14-year-old male, both of Needles.

During his contact with the subjects, Deputy McKay recovered a 9mm handgun that was stolen from a vehicle during the prior vehicle burglaries and thefts from vehicles. Both were arrested for the the thefts, vehicle burglaries and the possession of the stolen handgun.

Stevens is on active parole in California for Voluntary Manslaughter and had an active no bail warrant for a parole violation. Stevens was transported to the Colorado River Station Jail where he is being held pending court with no bail. The 14-year-old male was transported to the Juvenile detention facility in Apple Valley.

This investigation is on-going and anyone with information is urged to contact Deputy McKay or Deputy Deruiter at the Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department located at 1111 bailey Avenue or call (760) 326-9200.

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

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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