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4th arrest for this guy

March 4, 2020

NEEDLES, Calif – On Wednesday, February 26 at 11:52 AM, members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Needles Police were having lunch at Subway - Dairy Queen, when Brian Gerold (58), a transient, walked in. He went to the coolers containing alcohol and grabbed two Mike’s Hard Watermelon cans and placed them in a bag which he brought into the store and then exited the Subway without paying. A store clerk was watching and alerted the deputies of the theft.

Gerold was contacted outside of the store, where he was taken into custody. Gerold was also found to have three warrants for his arrest including two for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving on a suspended driver’s license. Gerold was transported to the Colorado River Station jail for booking and was later cite released.

The necessity to cite release arrestees is a result of several law changes and voter-approved propositions over the last few years. In 2011 Assembly Bill 109 was passed by the legislature. This bill sent thousands of state prisoners to local jails, resulting in county jail overcrowding. Because of lawsuits capping the county jail population, it became necessary to release county jail inmates that were once held in custody. In 2014 the California voters passed Proposition 47, referred to as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. This proposition reduced many crimes to misdemeanors such as; Grand Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Shoplifting, Forgery, Burglary, and Drug Possession. With a court-mandated cap on the county jail inmate population, it is now necessary to cite release certain arrestees to adhere to the inmate population mandates.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department remains committed to a proactive approach to suppressing crime in the City of Needles. Anyone with additional information regarding these investigations or any others are urged to contact the Colorado River Sheriff’s Station at (760) 326-9200.

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

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