Two men charged with burglary
Alleged electronics theft could be a strike
BARSTOW • Two Barstow men were charged Thursday with a residential burglary that occurred earlier this week.
Michael Shropshire, 42, and Ivan Saiz, 52, are alleged to have stolen electronics — including two flat-screen televisions, a stereo and speakers and a Nintendo Wii gaming console — from a home Tuesday on the 600 block of W. Buena Vista Street, according to a Barstow Police Department news release.
In addition to the burglary charge, court records show both men face a serious felony allegation — a “strike” under the state’s Three Strikes law. Under the law, burglarizing an inhabited dwelling is considered a serious felony, constituting a strike.
Barstow police said they positively identified Shropshire and Saiz as the suspects after speaking to several witnesses.
Shropshire was arrested at 1:34 p.m., Tuesday at his residence, booking records show. Some of the stolen items were recovered from his home, authorities said.
At 12:28 p.m. Wednesday, the BPD Crime Impact Team served a search warrant at Saiz’s residence, according to the news release. Saiz was not home at the time.
Detectives located additional items at the residence reported to have been stolen in the burglary. They were later positively identified as the victim’s property, the news release stated.
At 2:36 p.m., Wednesday, the Crime Impact Team located and arrested Saiz at the Desert Inn Motel on Main Street. Police said Saiz had also failed to register as a sex offender, although he had not been charged for that allegation as of 4 p.m. Thursday.
Shropshire is in the West Valley Detention Center with bail set at $100,000. He also faces an active charge of burglary from an incident July 17, according to court records.
He has pleaded not guilty and is due in court Oct. 10 for both cases, court records show.
Saiz is in custody at the Barstow Sheriff’s Jail with a bail amount of $50,000. He was previously convicted in February of two misdemeanors — receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance, according to court records.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, booking records show.
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.