By Michael P. Neufeld
Blue Jay, CA – Two people have been arrested on suspicion of stealing five LED Christmas trees from a Blue Jay business.
The trees — valued at $1,200 each — were reported missing from Mountain Wholesale Tree and Nursery on Highway 189 in Blue Jay on Friday, November 23. The owner of the business discovered someone had forced entry into the building and taken the five trees.
Deputies Maestas and Miller conducted an investigation into the theft and subsequently obtained information the suspects were attempting to sell the five trees.
Transient Ronald Paul Young, 68, was arrested by Deputy Mike Chavez while he was walking in the Blue Jay area on November 28. Following an interview with Young at the Twin Peaks Station, Deputy Chavez then made contact in Blue Jay with Tracey Gayner, 59, a Crestline resident, and she was placed under arrest.
Both Young and Gayner face commercial burglary and possession of stolen property charges and were booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga where they are being held on $25,000 bail,
Their first court appearance has been set for 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 30, at 12:30 p.m.
The investigation is ongoing, according to a media release issued by the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station. Persons with information about the case are urged to contact Detective Richard Camacho at (909) 336-0600.