Three Hesperia men have been arrested in connection with a string of commercial burglaries in Hesperia and elsewhere in the Inland Empire.

On Saturday, September 18, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a report of a suspicious subject. They located Thomas Truehill, 21, and Michael Castaneda, 29, inside a blue four-door Chevrolet Cobalt. Another man, Aron Wood, 25, reportedly fled the scene, but was identified and arrested on Sunday.

According to the sheriff's department, a search of the vehicle turned up three handguns, a ski mask, a bulletproof vest and assorted burglary tools.

The three men were arrested on charges of possession of a deadly weapon and investigators consider Wood a person of interest in connection with a string of commercial burglaries in Barstow, Riverside and Hesperia.

Wood's alleged method of operation in the burglaries was to either smash the window of a business with a rock or use a pry tool to open the door. Once inside, Wood would allegedly empty the cash register or physically remove the safe.

That MO matches the method used to rob Hesperia businesses in three bursts of early morning burglaries in Hesperia.

Early on the morning of September 3, Deli-Licious on the 10900 block of I Avenue, Jenny's Country Kitchen on the Corner of Eucalyptus Street and G Avenue and the Dog House Saloon on the 17000 block of Main Street. In each case, a door of the business had been forced open or a window had been smashed to allow entry. A security camera recorded two white males during the burglaries.

Early on the morning of September 13, the Corral Family Restaurant, 17 Nail Spa, V Vit Hair Salon, Kenmart convenience store, Fresh Wok and Super Slice Pizza -- all businesses located on or near Main Street -- were burglarized, and video surveillance showed two men, one white, another Hispanic, committing the crimes.

Late Sunday night and early on the morning of September 21 -- after Wood and his fellow passengers were in custody -- two white men were recorded breaking into Bodacious Bundts and Magic Nails on the 17000 block of Main Street, along with another burglary of the Kenmart convenience store.

Wood's alleged role in burglaries committed while he was in custody could not be clarified by a spokeswoman for the Hesperia station on Friday.

The department is asking that anyone with information concerning the burglaries or Wood, call Detective John Ramos at 947-1534 or the anonymous WE-TIP line at (800) 782-7463.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/HesperiaStar.