Yucaipa Police Depart-ment’s Multiple Enforcement Team (MET) conducted surveillance related to a number of commercial burglaries of electrical circuit breakers stolen from businesses and city facilities over the last several months. Based upon their investigation a search warrant was written for suspect Troy Champ’s residence in Yucaipa. On Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at 7:32 a.m., MET and the detective bureau served the search warrant at the residence. During the service of the warrant, Champ attempted to flee through the back door of the residence and hide a loaded firearm in the backyard. He was taken into custody without incident. Champ is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition. Additional ammunition, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located during the search of the residence. Champ was arrested and booked into jail for charges related to the firearms, ammunition and drugs. A large quantity of identifiable stolen property, including three electrical breakers recently stolen from city softball fields was recovered from the residence and yard. The investigation into the stolen property and commercial burglaries continued, resulting in evidence linking Champ, Troy Christiansen and Lance Miller to additional burglaries and the recovery of an electrical breaker stolen from the 13th Street Baseball Complex on Nov. 6, 2021. On Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, additional search warrants were served at Champ’s residence and a storage business. Additional identifiable stolen property was located during the service of the search warrants. In total, the suspects are believed to be responsible for thefts from multiple businesses, constructions sites, city parks and Redlands East Valley High School. The total value of the thefts is valued at more than $190,000. On Thursday, March 3, 2022, MET deputies presented the investigation to the District Attorney’s office. The District Attorney’s office filed multiple counts grand theft charges against all three suspects and issued warrants for their arrest.

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