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Thermal Station

Posted on: February 16, 2020

Possession of Stolen Property Arrest



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Possession of Stolen Property Arrest
Station Area:Thermal
Written Date:February 16, 2020Time:1:20 PM
Incident Date:February 16, 2020
Time:10:30 AM
Incident Location:9500 Block of Etiwanda Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga
Reporting Officer:Sergeant David Aldrich
File Number(s):LA200070002 / LA200470015

Johnny Joe Vargas

On January 30, 2020, at 11:39 AM, The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team served a property related search warrant in the 81800 block of Shadow Palm, in the city of Indio. During the search warrant stolen property was recovered that was taken from the cites of Indio, La Quinta and Palm Desert.  Also recovered was a loaded unregistered firearm and ammunition.  During the search warrant two juveniles taken into custody and booked into the Juvenile Hall in Indio. One suspect, Johnny Joe Vargas, 34-years-old of Indio, remained outstanding. On February 16, 2020, The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team located Vargas in the 9500 block of Etiwanda Avenue, in the city of Rancho Cucamonga. Vargas was taken into custody without incident. A Parole hold was obtained, and Vargas was booked at the county jail in Riverside. 

The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team is asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Rodriguez at the Thermal Sheriff’s Station by calling (760)-863-8990.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff’s 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please apply at or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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