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Highland theft victim finds his stolen goods on web sales site

By in Press Enterprise on July 13, 2017

By Gail Wesson

When a theft victim started searching an online marketplace for his stolen property, he spotted his stolen computer for sale and alerted San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies who set up a sting, according to a sheriff’s news release.

The Highland resident had been gone a few days until July 3 when he returned home and noticed several items had been stolen. He found his property, including computer, listed for sale on OfferUp, an online marketplace for local buyers and sellers.

David Brian Lawrence

Deputies contacted the suspect, identified as David Brian Lawrence, 36, of Yucaipa, and arranged a meeting in Redlands, where Lawrence thought he was meeting up with a civilian buyer.

Lawrence told the “civilians” he needed to grab the computer, was stopped a short distance away and found to possess the victim’s computer.

A search warrant served at Lawrence’s home recovered additional stolen property, the news release stated.

Lawrence was arrested Tuesday, July 11, on suspicion of possession of stolen property and jailed at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino in lieu of posting $25,000 bail.

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