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SBSD - Big Bear Sheriffs Department
Friday March 27th, 2015 :: 09:55 a.m. PDT


Two Suspects Arrested for Possession of Burglary Tools and an Illegally Altered Shotgun

DATE/TIME: March 27, 2015

INCIDENT: Two Suspects Arrested for Possession of Burglary Tools/Illegally Altered Shotgun
LOCATION: North Shore Lane/Solar Observatory, Fawnskin

SUSPECT: Miguel Crosthwaite, 25, resident of Lucerne Valley
Ian Connelly, 32, resident of Lucerne Valley


Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on March 27, 2015, Deputy Tom Hollenbaugh of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with no license plates near the Big Bear Solar Observatory on North Shore Lane in Fawnskin. The vehicle attempted to avoid deputy observations by making quick turns down side roads and was blocked when the driver turned into a gated driveway. The driver, identified as 25-year-old Miguel Crosthwaite, was found to be driving on a suspended license. A records check of the passenger, identified as 32-year-old Ian Connelly, revealed that Connelly was on active felony Post Release Community Supervision. Both subjects reside in Lucerne Valley. During a search of the vehicle, Deputy Hollenbaugh located an illegally altered shotgun and several shaved keys which are commonly used in burglaries or thefts of automobiles.

Both suspects were arrested without incident and booked into the Big Bear Jail on misdemeanor charges of Possession of Burglary Tools. Suspect Miguel Crosthwaite was booked on an additional misdemeanor charge of Possession of an Altered Shotgun.
A court hearing is pending in this matter in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

Refer: Tiffany Swantek, PIO

Station: Big Bear Sheriff’s Station

Phone No. (909)866-0100

Case No. 061500311

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Big Bear Sheriffs Department
477 Summit Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

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