Vidal, CA and Downtown Needles, CA: Deputies arrested twice in two days a man for grand theft auto, attempt grand theft auto and petty theft.

Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (Information and Press Release):

Vidal, California and Downtown Needles, California: Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station arrested a man twice in two days, on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 and Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, for auto theft and petty theft charges.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, on June 9, 2020 at approximately 4:51 a.m., Deputy M. Mckay located a stolen vehicle in Vidal, CA.

The vehicle was stolen from Fontana and the report named Manuel Pacheco as the suspect in the theft.

Pacheco was found walking a short distance away from the vehicle with the vehicles keys on his person.

Pacheco was arrested and transported to the Colorado River Station Jail without incident.

Due to $0 bail order at the time of arrest, Manuel Pacheco was released following the booking process.

On June 10, 2020, at approximately 7:18 a.m., a Needles resident working in the 700 block of Broadway realized his vehicle had been broken into.

The victim reported that his keys and phone were stolen from the vehicle.

Within a few minutes, Deputy D. Wagner located and detained Manuel Pacheco as a suspect.

Manuel Pacheco agreed to take deputies to where he had stashed the stolen items.

Through investigation, it was found that Pacheco had planned to return later to take the vehicle to Mexico.

Manuel Pacheco was arrested without incident and booked into the Colorado River Station Jail for attempt auto theft and petty theft.

Due to Pacheco’s repeat offending, a bail enhancement of $75,000 was requested through the courts. Pacheco is now being held pending a court hearing.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Colorado River Station at (760)326-9200.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at 1-800- 78- CRIME, or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

Refer: Deputy M. McKay
Deputy D. Wagner

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. 760-326-9200

Case No. 102000241

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