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String of Break-ins on Cedarwood Drive

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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:00 am

Early in the morning of Sept. 29, several vehicles were broken into as they sat in front of residences along Cedarwood Drive, in Running Springs. Four separate police reports were filed on the string of car burglaries. Each report made claims that miscellaneous items had been stolen from vehicles parked along the shady, tree-lined residential street including wallets, gift cards, purses, credit cards and a new-in-box microwave. The tools from one resident’s work truck were also reported stolen.

Another resident reported that a section of the weather stripping around the inside of their vehicle’s front passenger door was warped, as though someone had pried their way in using a tool. Other residents didn’t report seeing any signs of physical disturbance.

One resident, Kayla McDade, reported to sheriffs that her purse was stolen, and that in her purse was her wallet containing credit and debit cards in her name.

“They took a lot,” McDade said. “We think they had a hijacking remote because we always lock our car. None of the windows were broken.”

McDade says that once she realized she’d been robbed, she checked with her bank and found that she had also been a victim of identity theft; all of her money had been transferred to a stranger’s Venmo account.

“I was completely reimbursed for everything, but when I called Venmo they said there’s nothing they could do about it,” McDade said. “They wouldn’t give me the information of the account my money had been transferred into.”

The thieves also stopped at Jack-In-The-Box restaurant in San Bernardino and got gas with one of McDade’s cards.

“It’s so stupid,” McDade said. “To transfer all of someone’s money into a Venmo account that can be traced back to you.”

The residence directly across from McDade has security cameras installed at various points overlooking different parts of the residence and the street. Sheriffs have contacted the residence and are reviewing the footage for any further leads.

As of 10-08-19, a person of interest is being held in custody at the Central Detention Center pending further investigation.

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