The general manager of a Hesperia recycling facility helped identify a man suspected of stealing numerous air conditioning units from Encore School, a new performing arts-based school chartered under the Hesperia Unified School District.


On Wednesday, Aug. 20, Deputy Jason Schroder of the Hesperia Sheriff Station responded to a grand theft call in the 16900 block of Lemon Street near E Avenue. Five air conditioning units were stolen from the location, according to the victim who reported the crime.


The victim went to A-1 Recycling, which is located nearby the new school site, and notified them of the theft. Soon after, the facility's general manager, Jed Holley, contacted Deputies Daniel Rodriguez and Greg Swoboda of the Hesperia Sheriff Station's metal theft taskforce and told the deputies that the suspects were at the facility with the air conditioning parts.


"I walked out in the shop and said [to myself], 'No way'," Holley said.


When arriving to the recycling facility, Deputy Schroder identified the parts, which included serial numbers, as those stolen from Encore.


David Moceri, 45, of Hesperia was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and receiving stolen property.


A-1 Recycling helped nab suspects in another recent crime. Shena Denise Snyder, 27, Jesse James Aucoin, 22, both of Hesperia, and Cynthia Hilbun, 37, were arrested an booked at Victor Valley Jail for allegedly committing grand theft. The three are suspected of stealing more than 50 30-foot aluminum pipes on a farm off of Arrowhead Lake Road. The pipes carry the groundwater into the valley, which supplies the desert with water, according to a police report.