Mortuary security cameras stolen

A rooftop burglary that occur-red at 5 a.m. Friday resulted in the theft of four security cameras from Holland & Lyons Mortuary. By 4:30 p.m. the same day, Ridgecrest Police had two suspects in custody.

Even though the cameras were stolen from the outside of the building, security footage was available because it had been saved to a DVD located inside the building.

According to the images, the suspects tried to hide their identities during the process.

Based on evidence collected at the scene, Police Officers Harlow, Garibay, Lee and Hamilton developed leads on the suspects.

The suspects, Michael Thomas Wilson, 23, and Nichole Beth Pate, also 23, were arrested during a probation search at their home in the 400 block of West Wilson Avenue. During the search of the residence, all the cameras removed from Holland & Lyons were recovered, as were more than $300 worth of stolen tools from a residential burglary from the week before in the 500 block of West Church Avenue.

Both suspects were booked into the Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield, where they are each being held in lieu of $30,000 bail. Each has been charged with two felony counts, receiving known stolen property and grand theft of property.

Both were scheduled for court appearances Tuesday; no further details were available as of press time.

Story First Published: 2014-07-30