Deputies — Zeroing In On Stolen Welder — Discover Ammo, and Stolen Vehicles
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies, tracking a stolen portable welder, stumbled onto a major drug storage unit earlier this week.
Omar Medina, 33, a convicted felon from Los Angeles, was arrested and charged with several crimes after deputies tracked a stolen portable welder by use of a lo-jack on the 10000 block of 6th St.
The Ontario Aviation Division, using a helicopter in trying to track down the stolen welder, focused in on a trailer in the area of 6th St. and Archibald Ave. in neighboring Rancho Cucamonga. The lo-jack had sent signals from inside a commercial building, said deputies.
When deputies made contact at the business, the suspect, Medina, opened up a roll-up door. Deputies discovered the stolen welder that had been reported by the victim, but also saw a large pallet that contained 40,000 rounds of .223 and 7.62 ammunition.
It was in plain sight, according to reports. Investigators said the ammunition was for assault weapons.
A search warrant was authorized, later executed at the address, leading law enforcement to 141 marijuana plants that had displayed a strong odor.
Also, six motor vehicles, including sand rails, trailers and motorcycles were discovered that were later confirmed as stolen.
Investigators later determined that Medina, who was also in possession of cocaine, is a convicted felon.
Several motor vehicles were also recovered on Monday.
Medina, charged with possession of stolen property, cultivation of marijuana and cocaine, along with being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, appeared in court on Wednesday, according to reports.
He was taken to the West Valley Detention Center, held on $100,000 bail.