A local transient traded his car for a jail cell recently, after he was arrested on multiple felony charges including burglary.
On Tuesday, March 4, at a little after 9 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of Academy Lane reported that her residence had been burglarized. The woman told deputies she had left the residence at about 4 p.m., and when she returned, she found her bedroom door closed and a window into the bedroom had been broken. Missing was a laptop, one diamond earring, a ring and some prescription medication including 20 to 25 fentanyl patches and 60 pills.
The woman told deputies she suspected that the burglary had been committed by a friend’s boyfriend. The deputies located the friend who said her boyfriend had been drinking for the past several days and said that he’d never go back to jail.
When deputies located the boyfriend in his car, he had several items in his backpack that had been stolen from the Academy Lane residence.
Deputies arrested Christopher Graves, 40, of the Springs, on charges of felony burglary, felony possession of a narcotic controlled substance, felony possession or receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation. He was transported to the county jail.
In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:
Friday, Feb. 21:
12:12 p.m. – An old DVD player? Deputies responded to a residence in the 18000 block of Lucas Avenue following the report of a burglary. The residence is a vacation home and the owner hadn’t been there in two weeks, but neighbors saw lights on about a week earlier. Missing was an HP desktop computer, a curtain and curtain rod, a comforter and an old DVD player. The resident didn’t have an estimated value.
Monday, Feb. 24:
8:32 a.m. – Pot smoke gateway to hash bust. After clearing from a warrant attempt in the 100 block of Milford Lane, deputies noticed a man sitting in an auto and caught the scent of marijuana. They asked the driver how long ago he had smoked some marijuana, and he admitted to smoking a short time earlier, but made no mention of a medical marijuana card. The man admitted he was on probation, so deputies searched the vehicle and found a box with small, brown chunks of something they suspected was hashish, along with a glass pipe. After a field test proved positive for hashish, deputies arrested Jose Ornelas, 28, on charges of felony possession of concentrated cannabis, possession of paraphernalia and a probation violation. Ornelas was transported to the county jail.
10:45 p.m. – Don’t forget to search his shoes. While on patrol in the area of Nikki Drive and Serpilio Drive, a deputy noticed a vehicle was parked facing the wrong direction. A man who came out of a nearby residence told the deputy he was the owner of the car, but admitted that he didn’t have any identification. The man, who was nervous and fidgetity, told the deputy he wasn’t on probation and hadn’t been doing any illegal drugs. He said he had nothing illegal in his possession and let the deputy search his car. The deputy found drug paraphernalia and small plastic bags, but the man insisted he had no other contraband. During a search of the man, deputies found a white powdery substance in his shoes and arrested Gannon Orton, 42, on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the county jail.