On Wednesday, November 16th, at approximately 9:55 a.m., deputies from the Barstow Station were dispatched to a grand theft auto call in a rural area of Newberry Springs. The victim reported leaving several of their off-roading vehicles in Newberry Springs near the I-40 Freeway and Hector Road the previous day, but once the victim returned to the location Wednesday morning, they had discovered that a blue 2004 Yamaha Grizzly 660 quad had been stolen.
The next day on Thursday, November 17th, deputies observed a rental truck driving on the I-40 Freeway that was hauling a blue Yamaha Grizzly which matched the description of the one that was reported stolen. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and confirmed that it was the stolen quad from the previous day. Forty-three year old, Mike Wayne Baley, of Phelan, was then arrested and booked into the Barstow Jail for California Vehicle Code 10851-Grand Theft Auto.