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Vehicle theft and possession of stolen property

February 8, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Wednesday, February 7 at 6:45 in the evening, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department located a vehicle being driven by Stephanie Snyder ( age 27 of Wildomar) that had been reported stolen in Temecula.

A Sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle as it began to travel eastbound on the Interstate 40 freeway and arrested the occupants of the car.

The investigation revealed that Snyder and her boyfriend, Andrew Hernandez (age 27 of Lake Elsinore), found the keys to the stolen car while at the Wal-Mart in Temecula. Using the keyless remote, they were able to locate the victim’s car parked in the parking lot and took the car without permission.

Snyder and Hernandez then drove the stolen car to Lake Havasu City, Arizona where they picked up their friend, Zandra Gibson (age 33 of Lake Havasu City). The threesome spent several days in Laughlin, Nevada before they were stopped in Needles and arrested.

The vehicle was returned to the registered owner in Murrieta.

Snyder and Hernandez were booked into the Colorado River Station Jail for vehicle theft with bail amounts of $50,000. Gibson was booked for possession of stolen property with a bail amount of $25,000.

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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