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Traffic Stop Ties Suspect to Separate Incident

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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:00 am

On June 3 at approximately 4:20 a.m., deputies stopped a red 1984 Ford F250 at Green Valley Lake Road and Highway 18 for expired registration. The driver, James Wallace, a 38-year-old transient from San Bernardino, was found to be driving with a suspended license, according to a press release from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station. He also was in possession of burglary tools.

Reportedly found in Wallace’s truck bed were multiple 12-volt batteries, an XM3HP CableUPS box, a dolly with the word “FREDS” written on it, a red disassembled engine and multiple tools.

A records check revealed that Wallace was on Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS) as a result of California Assembly Bill 109. Wallace had a “No Bail” warrant filed against him, according to the press release. Wallace was arrested for the warrant and new charges.

Later the same morning, at approximately 9:47 a.m., Charter Communications reported one of their storage units in Running Springs had been broken into during the night. The XM3HP CableUPS and 12 Volt batteries were identified as stolen from the storage unit. The theft of the CableUPS device caused interruption of television, Internet and phone services in some Running Springs neighborhoods until the equipment was replaced.

Deputies are seeking additional information to confirm whether or not Wallace can be linked to the Charter theft, and the names of possible victims for the other items discovered in Wallace’s truck during the traffic stop.

At his arraignment on June 7, Wallace pleaded not guilty to possession of burglary tools and not guilty to driving with a suspended license. Those two charges were dismissed as a result of a plea bargain. Wallace pleaded no contest to creating a disturbance by loud, unreasonable noise. in lieu of a $200 fine, Wallace served 10 days of jail time.

As part of Governor Jerry Brown’s Realignment Plan (Assembly Bill 109), to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court Decision requiring the state to lower its prison population, offenders with non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious convictions will serve reduced sentences in county jails and be placed on local supervision through county probation. Wallace previously was sentenced to two years in prison for evading police officers with wanton disregard for safety. He served 12 days.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact Deputy Brian Butts at the Twin Peaks station by calling (909) 336-0600. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at 1 (800) 78-CRIME.

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