Five days after being involved in a hit-and-run crash at a Highland intersection, a man and woman were arrested Monday on suspicion of burglarizing multiple vehicles in the area, authorities said.
James Cornwell, 43, and Crystal Dancel, 24, both residents of Highland, were booked on possession of stolen property, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Witnesses saw the suspects run from Cornwell’s truck after the traffic collision, which occurred in the early morning on July 30 at Webster Street and Sycamore drive, the release said. Deputies conducted a search for the man and woman but were unable to locate them.
On Monday, one of the alleged burglary victims drove past a home on Pattee Court and saw what appeared to be his stolen property in the bed of a truck, sheriff’s officials said.
“Deputies responded to the location and attempted to make contact with the resident,” the release said. “When they knocked on the door, a male the deputies recognized as Cornwell came out a side garage door, then ran back in and closed it and barricaded himself inside.”
Minutes later, Cornwell and Dancel ran from the house, through backyards and over fences, according to authorities, and several neighbors called to report the suspects’ locations as they fled.
Deputies lost sight of the man and woman in the 7400 block of Cienega; Dancel was subsequently found hiding in a nearby trailer, the Sheriff’s Department said.
After assistance was requested from the Rancho Cucamonga Bloodhound Tracking Unit, a police dog named Deja was deployed to locate Cornwell.
“A trail was established and followed to the 7400 block of Nye,” the release said. “As the K-9 approached a residence, she alerted on a row of bushes. Cornwell was located curled up against the wall between the bushes, trying to hide.” He was then taken into custody without incident.