Phelan Man Arrested For Residential Burglary; Released Under The State’s $0 Bail Policy
Due to the State of California’s $0 Bail policy, a suspected Phelan resident who was arrested for stealing approximately $90,0000 of property from a Pinon Hills resident was released from custody with $0 bail only to be arrested the next day when Deputies found more of the stolen property at a residence where encountered the suspect a second time. It is unclear if the suspect is in custody at this time.
UPDATE 4/25: The suspect Anthony Riker was arrested on April 20, 2020 then released on $0 bail. The next day, April 21, 2020 he was contacted at the residence where they found the stolen motorcycle but was not arrested again and he is not in custody at this time. The investigation is continuing.
On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Deputy Andre Hahalkin responded to a residential burglary in the 1800 block of Trinity Road in Pinion Hills. The victim reported his home was burglarized and approximately $90,000.00 in property was stolen. These Items included an off-road side by side UTV, dirt bike, 4×4 rock crawler truck, saddles, tools, and paintball gear. During the investigation, the victim received information via a Facebook post the Rock Crawler was seen in Phelan.
On April 20, 2020, during the early morning hours, Deputies Schuler, Peterson, Sandles, and Sanchez searched for the vehicles in Pinion Hills. At approximately 1:00 am, they located the stolen side by side, and Anthony Riker was arrested. On April 21, 2020, at about 10:00 am, deputies continued their investigation, which led them to the 7000 block of Buckwheat Road in Pinion Hills. While conducting surveillance in the area, Hahalkin spotted one of the stolen motorcycles behind a property. Deputies made their way to the residence and contacted Riker a second time, after his release the day prior due to the statewide $0 bail order. During a search of the residence and the nearby area, they located most of the property reported stolen in the residential burglary, including the Rock Crawler truck, motorcycles, tools, and saddles.
In compliance with the statewide Emergency Bail Schedule, issued by the California Judicial Council, bail for most misdemeanor and felony offenses must be set at $0. Due to these criteria, Riker was booked at the High Desert Detention Center on April 20 and released from custody following the booking process.
CORRECTION: We incorrectly reported that the suspect Riker was still out on $0 bail. It is unclear if we was arrested agian and if he is in custody or not. This has been corrected in the first paragraph.
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