A parolee has been taken into custody after allegedly stealing from a local department store and being found in possession of firearms and a cache of ammunition, an ongoing issue with repeat offenders. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Victorville resident Ivan Anthony Rodriguez, is facing several charges after his arrest last Friday night.
Responding to a report of theft at JC Penny in the Victor Valley Mall, Deputy J. Greterman from the Victorville Police Station encountered Rodriguez in the parking lot, attempting to drive away with another individual. A search of the vehicle was conducted due to Rodriguez's active parole status, which yielded over 400 rounds of .22 long rifle ammunition and two Beretta .22 caliber pistols, thrusting him back into the criminal justice system, according to the SBSD - Victorville Police Department.
Rodriguez now faces multiple charges including possession of a controlled substance while armed, being a felon in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and violation of parole. After the discovery, he was booked at the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto. The investigation is ongoing and authorities are asking anyone with information to step forward and help further their efforts, as per SBSD - Victorville Police Department.
The local authorities have underscored the seriousness of the charges and their commitment to community safety. Calling on the public's assistance, law enforcement urges those with insights into the incident to contact the Victorville Police Station or the anonymous We-Tip hotline, with the assurance that confidentiality will be maintained for those wishing to remain unnamed. Amid concerns about crime and recidivism, Rodriguez's arrest has sparked renewed dialogues about parole system effectiveness, even as Deputy Greterman's swift action is being recognized, putting an alleged perpetrator behind bars.