A Hesperia parolee has been arrested after allegedly stealing the wrong truck -- one equipped with a stolen vehicle tracking system.


On Tuesday, May 26, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department deputy Rich Daniel took a statement from a victim living on the 8700 block of Bandicoot Trail, who said that he had seen a man getting into his truck, which had been parked in the victim's driveway, and driving away. The vehicle -- which the victim had said was low on gas at the time of the theft -- had a LoJack stolen vehicle-tracking transmitter, and the transmitter was activated. Any police vehicles equipped with a receiver unit within two to three miles of the stolen truck would be notified that it was in the vicinity.


Three hours after Daniel made contact with the victim, Deputy Scott LaFond was on the 9300 block of Hickory Avenue when his vehicle picked up the LoJack signal. LaFond located the vehicle on the side of the road, where it had apparently run out of gas. In the vehicle at the time was David Edwin Vandell, 39, who was on parole.


According to the sheriff's department, the truck's owner identified Vandell as the man who had earlier driven off with his truck. He was booked at Victor Valley Jail on a charge of grand theft auto.


A search of the truck turned up a silver and black case containing two Nikon cameras, telephoto lenses, camera flashes and other camera equipment. The letters MCHS were written on one flash. None of it belongs to the truck owner, and deputies are attempting to locate the camera equipment's original owner. Anyone with information regarding the owner of the camera equipment is asked to call 947-1500. Proof of ownership will be required to reclaim the property.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.