Thieves in a Penske truck try to rob industrial marijuana cultivator in Higher Desert


A group of thieves attempted to rob a industrial marijuana cultivator early Tuesday in Adelanto, then attempted to escape sheriff’s deputies in a yellow Penske moving truck they’d planned to use for the heist, authorities stated.

About two:37 a.m., the alarm went off at Higher Caliber Organics, 16176 Beaver Road. The small business owner referred to as the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division immediately after getting contacted by his alarm firm. Remotely viewing inside the small business through safety cameras, he saw six to eight suspects, possibly armed, according to the Sheriff’s Division.

When deputies arrived, quite a few suspects got into the Penske truck, and the driver sped by way of a partially open gate toward a deputy, who shot at the driver, authorities stated. A bullet struck the truck on the driver’s side.

The driver kept going, starting a 5-mile pursuit by way of the streets of Adelanto, then bringing the automobile to a quit on Panther Avenue close to Jay Street. The driver ran away and has not been positioned.

Two passengers, Vilma Ojeda and Dalia Lopez, had been detained at the finish of the pursuit, according to authorities.

Authorities identified preliminary information and facts to recommend that a number of autos and suspects had been involved in the burglary. Marijuana and other stolen products had been identified inside the Penske truck’s cargo region.

The identities of the driver and other suspects are unknown.

Authorities say no 1 was injured throughout the incident. Ojeda and Lopez had been booked at Higher Desert Detention Center on suspicion of burglary.

Higher Caliber Organics is a “fully licensed cultivation and distribution firm with a 30,000 square foot facility” in Adelanto, according to its Weedmaps web page.


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