Authorities seek stolen truck suspect
BARSTOW • Barstow police seek a man who led them on a chase in a reported stolen truck before getting away on a dirt bike which had been in the truck bed.
Authorities have identified 33-year-old Joseph Trexler as the suspect, according to a Barstow Police Department news release.
Police had spotted a suspicious vehicle at 8:54 a.m. on Thursday in the area of the 1500 block of East Main Street as they were searching for two possible burglary suspects.
The vehicle, a while Chevrolet pickup with an off-road motorcycle in the back, had new vehicle “paper plates,” but appeared to be older, authorities said.
Police attempted to stop the vehicle to confirm registration. The driver did not stop and fled, according to the news release.
Additional officers were called to pursue the truck, which continued east on Main Street to a desert area east of the Barstow Water Reclamation Plant and north of Interstate 40.
The driver temporarily eluded police. Officers then found the truck, now disabled, with the dirt bike no longer in the back. While tracking the dirt bike’s tire prints away from the truck, police saw the suspect riding the bike, but were unable to pursue.
Investigation later revealed the truck had been stolen from the Lenwood area, authorities said.
Officers also located a large amount of suspected methamphetamine that had been thrown out by the suspect during the pursuit, according to the news release.
The suspect is not connected to the burglary that police were originally investigating, authorities said.
Trexler is currently on probation for vehicle theft and wanted on a warrant issued in July for violating the terms of his probation, according to the news release.
Police are seeking Trexler for vehicle theft, possession of a controlled substance and evading a police officer.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Trexler or additional information relating to this investigation is asked to call the Barstow Police Department at 760-256-2211. Persons with information and desiring to remain anonymous can call WE-TIP at 1-800-78-CRIME.
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.