Monday, April 8, 2019

Felons foiled again!

While at the Palms on Sunday, a local resident told me that they had called the Sheriff's Department the previous day on two squatters that were robbing one of their properties. Within 15 minutes three sheriff's department vehicles descended on the residence, immediately handcuffing the two miscreants -- one man and one woman. They were initially charged with burglary, but these charges may have been expanded to reflect the pile of meth, the pile of cash, and the scales found on the premises. The sheriff's department also impounded and towed two vehicles.

The resident was pleased, said the SD did a great job, and were very polite.


    DATE/TIME: May 4, 2018/9:15 pm

    INCIDENT: Arrest for Weapons and Narcotics

    LOCATION: 5000 block of Gopher Grove Ln, Wonder Valley

    SUSPECTS: Mark Mroz, 65-year-old resident of Wonder Valley
    Mark Vogt, 49-year-old resident of 29 Palms

    On Friday, May 4th, Deputies Stumbo and Roche from the Morongo Basin Station went to the 5000 block of Gopher Grove Lane in the unincorporated area of Wonder Valley to serve an arrest warrant on Mark Mroz. Deputies located both Mroz and Vogt at the location and during the contact saw a handgun in plain sight within the residence. Mroz and Vogt are both previously convicted felons. A search warrant was obtained for the property and deputies recovered the handgun, a shotgun, ammunition and several ounces of methamphetamine.

    Both Mark Mroz and Mark Vogt were arrested and booked at the West Valley Detention Center. Mroz was booked on his several outstanding arrest warrants and a new charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition and Narcotics Possession.

    Mark Vogt was booked for Felon in Possesion of Firearm. Both suspects are being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

    Refer: Deputy A. Stumbo

    Station: Morongo Basin Station

    Phone No. (760) 366-4175

    Case No. 091800636

    JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
    San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

  2. Why was Mark Vogt even out of jail living here in Wonder Valley?

    The SB DA should have sent the Felon with a gun to the DOJ so he could be locked up:

    Under federal law, the crime of Felon in Possession of a Firearm is a Class D felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison, three years of supervised release, and $250,000 in fines.

    Under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, a person convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm would be assigned a base offense level between 12-26, which carries a guideline range of 10-78 months in prison before taking into account any mitigating or aggravating circumstances.

    As of 2016, the average federal sentence imposed for Felon in Possession of a Firearm fell between 46-75 months in prison.