By KRIS REILLY, Editor
With some of Lucerne Valley’s most active criminal suspects now behind bars, Sgt. Wendell Anderson is hoping the town might have a little peace and quiet.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Anderson, who oversees the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Lucerne Valley Substation. “I would certainly hope we’ll return to what would be normal levels of activity out here, if not somewhat lower, given the fact that a good percentage of the folks that cause the most problems are now in custody.”
The town saw a rash of burglaries in December, particularly in southern Lucerne Valley. Anderson said a total of 14 break-ins — 10 burglaries and four attempted burglaries — were reported in December.
The 76 crime reports and 21 arrests in December were unusually high, Anderson said. November saw just 56 reports and 12 arrests, which is a more typical level of activity according to Anderson.
Anderson added that there are “no guarantees” that local crime will drop, but he’s hopeful February will be a quieter month after numerous arrests in December and January (the statistics for January were not available at press time).
Following is a list of some of the more noteworthy recent arrests:
Name: Wesly Ezekiel Daniel Burrows
Description: White male, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, multi-colored hair, brown eyes
Current cases: Burrows led authorities on a high-speed chase from Apple Valley to Lucerne Valley on Jan. 18. Wanted on suspicion of multiple felonies including burglary and robbery, Burrows was under surveillance at his Apple Valley hideout when he allegedly fled the scene in a stolen vehicle. Deputies chased him from Anoka Road in Apple Valley to the area of Highway 18 and Kendall in Lucerne Valley. There, Burrows ditched the vehicle and began running through the desert. He allegedly tossed away a gun during the foot pursuit (the weapon was later recovered) and he was wearing body armor. After a struggle, Burrows was arrested and booked. The District Attorney has charged him with second degree robbery for an incident that allegedly occurred on Dec. 23 (on that same day, Burrows allegedly ran from a deputy during a traffic stop and escaped). Burrows is charged with vehicle theft and felony evading for the Jan. 18 chase. He’s also suspected of unlawful firearm possession and being under the influence of a controlled substance on that date.
Notable: Burrows — also known by the alternate first name spelling of Wesley — faces state prison time if convicted due to a litany of felony convictions in the past five years, including possession of stolen property (two convictions), being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a controlled substance and selling a controlled substance (two convictions).
Name: William Lester Boone III
Description: White male, 5-foot-10, 145 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes
Current cases: Boone was tracked down and arrested after a chase through an Apple Valley neighborhood on Jan. 10. He was wanted for an incident that occurred a month earlier, when he allegedly shot at people outside of a Lucerne Valley home. The District Attorney has charged him with two counts of assault with a firearm, one count of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and one count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence. Boone is also charged with possessing methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.
Notable: Boone, also known by his middle name of Lester, faces likely state prison time if convicted because he was convicted of a serious felony within the last five years. The previous conviction was for buying or receiving a stolen vehicle or equipment.
Name: Kimberly Michelle Arnold
Description: White female, 5-foot-11, 140 pounds, multi-colored hair, green eyes
Current case: Arnold was arrested on suspicion of burglary on the morning of Dec. 12. A resident reported that a female knocked on the door at a home in southern Lucerne Valley at about 7 a.m., then she left when the resident answered the door. A deputy came to the area and spotted a pickup truck parked at a nearby residence. A man (believed to be William Lester Boone III) ran from the truck as soon as he saw the patrol car. Arnold and a male juvenile were found at the scene and claimed they were having car trouble. The deputy found evidence that they’d been burglarizing the home, and both were arrested. There had been a rash of burglaries in the area, but activity dropped off significantly after the arrests. Arnold has entered a plea of not guilty to the burglary charge. Her next hearing date is Feb. 1, and she remains in custody.
Notable: Arnold faces possible state prison time if convicted because she has previously served a prison term. Court records show a long list of felony convictions stretching back to 2005, including vehicle theft, willful cruelty to a child, buying or receiving stolen property (two convictions), being under the influence of a controlled substance (two convictions) and possessing a controlled substance. At her most recent hearing a judge recommended that she be interviewed by a probation officer for possible placement in a drug treatment program.
Name: Robert Charles Kerns
Description: White male, 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, blond hair, hazel eyes
Current case: Kerns was arrested along with GA Dakota Moss on Jan. 21 and faces charges of burglary, receiving stolen property and being an accessory to a crime (see this week's accompanying story).
Notable: Kerns was convicted and sentenced to 16 months in prison for his role in the 2009 attempted armed robbery of the Lucerne Valley Liquor store. Wearing a bandana over his face, Kerns entered the store with Phillip Brown, who wore a Halloween mask. Brown pointed a gun at the teller and demanded money. One of the workers drew his own handgun from beneath the counter and fired three rounds, hitting Brown twice. The men escaped, but Brown later turned himself into authorities. Kerns fled to Arizona and began working at a carnival on an Indian reservation before he was captured and extradited, officials said.
Name: GA Dakota Moss
Description: White male, 5-foot-11, 145 pounds, blond and/or multi-colored hair, green eyes
Current case: Moss was tracked down and arrested Jan. 21 after an alleged crime spree (see this week's accompanying story). The District Attorney has charged him with eight crimes, including seven felonies.
Notable: Moss turned 18 last October. Any case records prior to that would be sealed because Moss was a juvenile.