THREE TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAJOR CRIME SPREE

THREE TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAJOR CRIME SPREE

Sheriff’s investigators may have broken a major regional crime spree. Three Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Tuesday, accused of stealing merchandise and attempting to return it for a refund. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Suzanne Torres, 32, Patrick Wunderlee, 30, and Scott Downen, 61, went to the Food for Less in Yucca Valley about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

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Scott Downen

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Suzanne Torres

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Patrick Wunderlee

Store security personnel watched as Torres and Downen stole several items from the grocery store. Once outside, Torres and Downen are accused of giving the merchandise to Wunderlee, who then brought the merchandise back in to the store with a fake receipt to get a cash refund. When store personnel confronted them, all three suspects fled. After an investigation, detectives identified the three suspects, whom they believe are also responsible for stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise from stores such as Walmart, Food for Less, Home Depot, Big Lots, and Rite-Aid, in Beaumont, Banning, Twentynine Palms, and Yucca Valley. Suzanne Torres, Patrick Wunderlee, and Scott Downen were arrested for investigation of burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail. Their bail ranges from $25,000 to $60,000 each. Booking photos of Suzanne Torres and Scott Downen can be seen with this story at z1077fm.com. Anyone with information about the suspects, or businesses who may have been targeted by the suspects, should call Deputy Jacob Naylor at the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

2 comments to THREE TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAJOR CRIME SPREE

  • ann smith

    I have lived in this town since 2000 and I’m tired of seeing people like this take over our town!

  • Max

    These people all have their brains soaked in drugs and alcohol. Very dangerous. These criminals are giving drugs to our children. Sick of seeing them with a cup full of coffee, a pack of cigarettes coming up to my face in a parking lot demanding money then flipping out when you tell them no and to get the hell away from your vehicle, and kids. Trading EBT cards for money and drugs. Quit feeding them. Quit giving them money. Churches need to turn them away.

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