Oops: Tracking a Stolen Cellphone Leads to a THC Extraction Lab, Cops Say

Oops: Tracking a Stolen Cellphone Leads to a THC Extraction Lab, Cops Say
Knott's Berry Farm

Dear criminal: When you take a smartphone, remember that it could have tracking software, such as Find My iPhone, that can lead cops directly to your home.

Do you want police at your home? Probably not. But if you were smarter, you probably wouldn't be a criminal.

The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department said over the weekend that a woman who had been the victim of cellphone theft at Knott's Berry Farm Friday night tracked the phone to a residence in Hesperia.

About 1 a.m. Saturday deputies went to that location, 11224 4th Ave., and found the phone and more, the department said in a statement.

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The place allegedly had more law enforcement attractions than Knott's could ever provide: A parolee, 39-year-old Bobby Turner, was there, and he had hypodermic needles and methamphetamine, deputies alleged.

The owner of the home, Stacey Shelton, 49, "admitted to taking the cell phone while at Knott’s Berry Farm," according to the statement.

There's more: The cops claim to have spotted a THC extraction lab, which are used to make marijuana concentrates such as wax, dabs and honey oil.

The law enforcers got themselves a search warrant so they could take a better look. According to the department, here's what they discovered:

The victim’s stolen phone was recovered along with evidence to show a THC lab was in place and operative. Marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was also found.

But wait, there's even more.

Pot was found in the bedroom of a 13-year-old, authorities said. "Stacy and [47-year-old] Michael Shelton admitted to smoking marijuana with their minor child on numerous occasions," the department stated.

The teen was taken by officials from the Children and Family Services department, deputies said.

All in all, six people at the home, including the Sheltons, Turner, and four others, were arrested on suspicion of numerous crimes, sheriff's officials said.

Unfortunately for them, cellphones are not allowed in jail.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow L.A. Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.


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