On Saturday, June 15, shortly after 6 a.m., an employee arrived to work a Sorenson Engineering and observed two suspects in a black Toyota Tacoma stealing bins containing scrap copper, brass and stainless-steel fittings for recycling. The suspects fled, but the vehicle was captured on security video. The stolen materials were valued at over $4,000.
On June 16, at approximately 12:38 p.m., an employee watching live surveillance video saw the suspect vehicle return to the business. Deputies arrived on scene within minutes, stopped the vehicle and detained Jason Lee Cox (male), 39, of Beaumont and Jazz Anderson (female), 22, of Beaumont. Both were arrested for grand theft and booked at the Central Detention Center. Cox also had a warrant for his arrest for a drug paraphernalia charge.
Deputies believe Cox and Anderson may have been involved in other similar thefts and are attempting to determine where they took the thousands of dollars of stolen metals taken on June 15. Investigation to date showed the suspects have recently been all over the Inland Empire, including Yucaipa, Redlands, Grand Terrance, Highland, Riverside, and Pomona, often during the night and early morning hours.
At the time of the theft and their arrest, the suspects were in a black 2013 Toyota Tacoma pickup with California license 78638J1. The bed of the truck was full of tools, yard equipment, welding equipment, and other construction items. Inside the vehicle, deputies found dozens of keys, flashlights, binoculars, bolt cutters and other items commonly used in thefts and burglaries.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Yucaipa Station at 918-2305 and speak to Deputy Brandt or Detective Cantu. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME(27463) or you may leave the information on the website at www.wetip.com.