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Published on May 22, 2024
Transient Suspected of Burglary Arrested After Victorville Home Depot HeistSource: Google Street View

In a late-night heist gone awry, a 31-year-old transient, Joshua Michael Lourenco, was nabbed by deputies after allegedly breaking into a Home Depot on Bear Valley Road in Victorville and attempting to make off with supplies. According to authorities, the incident unfolded on May 20th, just past midnight when the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a masked man brazenly loading lumber onto a cart.

Responding to the scene, deputies discovered Lourenco in the loading dock after he had apparently forced his way through a locked barricade with burglary tools, appending the story of yet another petty crime to the long ledger of the High Desert region's struggle with transient-related incidents, finding a screwdriver and bolt cutters that Lourenco purportedly used to break in. He was promptly arrested and taken to the High Desert Detention Center, facing charges of burglary and possession of burglary tools as the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department reported.

The Victorville Police are continuing their investigation into the theft and are calling on the community for additional information, urging anyone with insights to come forward and help the case. Contact details for the Victorville Police Station and Sheriff’s Dispatch have been made available, alongside an option for anonymous tips through the We-Tip hotline or its website, as indicated by a recent announcement.