On April 21, deputies responded to the Ace Hardware store, located in the 12000 block of Fifth Street, for a reported theft in progress.
When the suspects fled the store, an employee gave chase. The suspects got to a waiting vehicle and attempted to flee, but an off-duty law enforcement officer shopping at the store intervened and blocked the suspect vehicle in with his personal car. Deputies arrived on scene very quickly and stopped the vehicle as it squeezed around the off-duty officer’s car and attempted to leave. All suspects involved in the theft were detained without incident.
Inside the vehicle, deputies recovered approximately $200 worth of stolen tools and merchandise.
The three occupants of the vehicle – Steven Zoll, 52, of Yucaipa, Donna Gomez, 48, of Yucaipa and Justin Hayworth, 34, of Yucaipa – were all arrested for possessing stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime. All were booked at Central Detention Center.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Yucaipa Station at 918-2305. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the website at www.wetip.com.