By G. T. Houts
Big Bear, CA – On January 5, 2018, at approximately 11:30 a.m., deputies from the Apple Valley Police Department investigated a suspicious occupied 2016 GMC Sierra pickup truck parked in the south-west parking lot at Bear Valley and Apple Valley Roads. The vehicle was found to a be reported stolen vehicle and related to several Big Bear residential burglaries, involving the thefts of over $40,000 worth of property. Deputies from the Apple Valley station contacted and arrested Bryan Castillo, 27 years of age, and Javier Morales, 27 years of age, Both from Big Bear.
Apple Valley deputies worked with Big Bear deputies and determined the stolen vehicle, which was actually stolen during one of the burglaries, may contain the stolen property associated from several burglaries. Deputy Roberts and one of the victims responded to the location of the Apple Valley recovery, where the victim identified his stolen property and truck. Suspects Castillo and Morales were turned over to Big Bear deputies for their investigation. Both were later booked at the Big Bear Jail.
The investigation is continuing and Big Bear detectives are still matching some of the recovered property to past victims.
If anyone has any information regarding this case they are urged to call the San Bernardino county Sheriff’s Big Bear Station at (909) 866-0100 or they can contact Sargeant James Evans at the Apple Valley Station (760) 240-7400.