A group of thieves tried to rob a commercial marijuana cultivator early Tuesday in Adelanto, then attempted to escape sheriff’s deputies in a yellow Penske moving truck they’d planned to use for the heist, authorities said.
About 2:37 a.m., the alarm went off at High Caliber Organics, 16176 Beaver Road. The business owner called the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department after being contacted by his alarm company. Remotely viewing inside the business via security cameras, he saw six to eight suspects, possibly armed, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
When deputies arrived, several suspects got into the Penske truck, and the driver sped through a partially open gate toward a deputy, who shot at the driver, authorities said. A bullet struck the truck on the driver’s side.
The driver kept going, beginning a five-mile pursuit through the streets of Adelanto, then bringing the vehicle to a stop on Panther Avenue near Jay Street. The driver ran away and has not been located.
Two passengers, Vilma Ojeda and Dalia Lopez, were detained at the end of the pursuit, according to authorities.
Published: October 16, 2019
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