You might remember the case of the stolen bucket truck from October 8, 2020.
Unfortunately the officers investigating this case did not have a lot of information to go on. There were no witnesses who came forward, security cameras in the area did not pick up the incident and the victims did not see the suspect so they were also unable to provide any clues. At the time of the investigation officers took a DNA swab inside the vehicle and last week a match was located. The DNA came back to a transient from the City of Banning. Ironically enough the same subject had been stopped by officers close to the scene of the accident earlier in the evening and prior to the collision. All of these facts helped to identify the suspect and on Friday, April 2, 2021, the Beaumont Police Department located the suspect and booked him at Smith Correctional Facility in Banning for charges including stealing a vehicle, felony vandalism and mayhem.
On Thursday, October 8, 2020, the Beaumont Police Department issued a release regarding a stolen bucket truck in the area of Beaumont Avenue and Oak Valley Parkway at approximately 3:00am. The suspect attempted to steal the vehicle with the bucket extended causing extensive damage to electrical and other utility wires along Oak Valley Parkway from Beaumont to Cherry Avenue, where the vehicle was found abandoned. The theft also led to the major injury of one of the contractors who was thrown from the truck during the incident. The suspect was able to flee the location prior to officers arrival. At this time officers are looking for potential witnesses and/or surveillance camera footage from anyone who might have been in the area at this time. If you have any information on this case, please contact Detective Sergeant Harris of the Beaumont Police Department at 951-769-8500.