Tyrone Prestone Griffieth, 32, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto, according to San Bernardino County jail records.
The theft happened about 4:30 p.m. in the 14000 block of Merrill Avenue in Fontana, near Auto Club Speedway. A deputy was taking a report, and when he went back out to his car, it was gone, a sheriff’s news release said.
Surveillance video helped deputies identify the thief as Griffieth, a man with convictions for drug possession and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, as well as numerous traffic violations, according to Superior Court records.
Law enforcement agencies joined in the hunt, and about 5:30 p.m., a sheriff’s helicopter crew and Ontario police found the stolen SUV in the area of East Rosewood Court and Orange Avenue. Griffieth was arrested without a struggle, the release said. All police weapons and equipment were accounted for.
The Sheriff’s Department is investigating how the patrol car was stolen. Investigators ask anyone with information to call the Fontana station at 909-356-6767 or leave anonymous tips with We Tip at 800-782-7463 or the website wetip.com.
ONTARIO (CBSLA) — A 32-year-old Ontario man is behind bars after being accused of stealing a marked Sheriff’s patrol vehicle.
Authorities said a deputy with the Fontana Sheriff’s station was on a call in the 14000 block of Merrill street around 4:30 p.m. Friday and discovered his vehicle was gone when he returned to where he parked.
Sheriff’s Aviation was immediately contacted to search the area for the stolen patrol unit. The Sheriff’s department was assisted in the search by the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department, Fontana Police Department and Ontario Police Department.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Aviation and Ontario Police Officers located the stolen patrol car in the area of Orange and Rosewood. Officers and deputies responded to the area and located Griffieth in the surrounding neighborhood. He was arrested without incident. All police department property and equipment was recovered.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Fontana Sheriff’s Station (909) 356-6767. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at (800)78-CRIME or the We Tip Hotline.