Theft-Related Arrests Made in Bluecut Fire Evacuated Areas

Theft-Related Arrests Made in Bluecut Fire Evacuated Areas

Scene from Bluecut fire

SAN BERNARDINO – County Sheriff’s deputies, on lookout for crime activities within the BlueCut Fire evacuation area, arrested three suspects on Thursday.

Three others were taken into custody on a pair of separate incidents.

Daniel Mervine, 27, of Jurupa, Natasha Alexandria Rovinsky, 27, of Diamond Bar, and Trevor Nicomedes Sanchez, 29, of Riverside were seen leaving a residence with a flatbed truck 8648 of Swarthout Avenue, located in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino, according to reports.

Deputies were told they were picking up property for a friend, but when law enforcement authorities made contact with the owner, they were advised no one was given permission to remove items from his residence. The three suspects were taken into custody at 7 a.m.

The BlueCut Fire, which has required nearly 35,000 home to be evacuated in the Phelan, Swarthout Canyon and Oak Hills areas, are being patrolled by 70 deputies in two-man units.

Mervine, Rovinsky and Sanchez were booked on charges of looting and grand theft auto.

Deputies have responded to other calls of suspicious persons within the evacuated areas. Shortly before 11 a.m. on Thursday, deputies saw a truck occupied by two males that did not reside in the area of Baldy Mesa and Phelan Road.

When a vehicle check was made, deputies found tools often used in burglaries. The men, whose names were not disclosed, were arrested on charges of being in possession of burglary tools.

Another patrol unit spotted people riding ATV vehicles in an evacuated area. When deputies checked, one was a convicted felon, whose name was not released, after he was found in possession of a handgun and ammunition.

County Sheriff John McMahon issued a statement about possible looting, saying deputies will be on the lookout for suspicious activities.

“Our focus is the safety of our citizens and protection of their property,” he said. “We will fully investigate, pursue and arrest anyone involved in criminal activity and re-victimizing the evacuated residents.”

No court appearance has yet been scheduled for Mervine, Rovinsky or Sanchez, while all three have been released on bail.

Theft-Related Arrests Made in Bluecut Fire Evacuated Areas was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by admin
Categories: San Bernardino

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