Authorities Continue to Crack Down on Coachella Valley Thefts and Seek Public Assistance
John Box and Brandy Marcks
THERMAL – Working with local agencies, The Riverside Sheriff’s Department is seeking to quell a rash of robberies in thefts in the Coachella Valley, making two arrests and seeking the public’s help in locating other suspects.
In October, La Quinta Police officers began an investigation into a robbery at the Kohl’s department store on Highway 111. Reportedly, the suspect involved in the incident used force against a loss prevention officer to aid in his escape. La Quinta Business District Unit (BDU) officers identified one of the suspects involved as John Box, a 39-year-old resident of Cathedral City.
On January 7, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., La Quinta BDU Officers contacted Box in the 79200 block of Highway 111, La Quinta. Officers were also able to identify a second suspect, Brandy Marcks, age 38 of Palm Springs. Marcks was also arrested for her involvement.
During the arrest, stolen clothing from the robbery was located and recovered. Box and Marcks were booked at the jail in Indio for robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Box was also charged with violating terms of post release community supervision.
Looking into further area thefts, the Coachella Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in an unrelated string of robberies. Authorities hope that with assistance they can uncover the whereabouts of 26-year-old, Jose Jesus Tinajero, a documented Coachella gang member.
Tinajero has two felony warrants for residential burglary and vehicle theft and is suspected of committing numerous residential burglaries and vehicle thefts throughout the cities of Coachella, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, and Palm Springs.
According to a press release from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Tinajero is known to stay at various hotels throughout the Coachella Valley with his girlfriend, 22-year-old Indio resident Krystal Geneva Monzon. Monzon is approximately five months pregnant and has two misdemeanor arrest warrants. Monzon is suspected of assisting Tinajero with numerous vehicle thefts.
Tinajero has a street moniker of “Blacky” and is described as:
- Hispanic male adult
- 180 lbs
- Brown hair
- Brown eyes
Monzon is described as:
- Hispanic female adult
- 140 lbs
- Black hair
- Brown eyes
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tinajero and/or Monzon is encouraged to contact Officer Juan Quesada of the Coachella Police Department at (760) 625- 5731, or Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341- STOP (7867).