[Press Release from Mammoth Lakes Police Dept.Thu 8/13/2020 5:19 PM]
Mammoth Lakes, CA – On August 12, 2020, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department responded to a call from a resident that their car had been broken into. While at that call, another citizen flagged down Officers to report that their car had also been broken into.
While investigating the vehicle break-ins and thefts, one of the victims contacted MLPD stating that their stolen credit card was just used at a business in Mammoth. Upon reviewing surveillance footage from the business, Officers were able to identify the suspects’ vehicle. The vehicle was then located outside of a hotel room off Main Street.
Three suspects were detained while a warrant was obtained to search the hotel room. Upon entering, piles of suspected stolen items were located along with illegal narcotics.
Walter Escoto, Age 29, from Bell, CA was arrested on felony charges of possession and use of stolen credit cards, criminal conspiracy, tampering with vehicles, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, transport of controlled substances along with other misdemeanor charges. Tyler Nollen, Age 22, from Crowley Lake, CA was arrested on felony charges of possession and use of stolen credit cards, criminal conspiracy, possession of stolen property and other misdemeanor charges. Jesse Baldwin, Age 25 of Mammoth Lakes, CA was cited and released on a misdemeanor charge of possession of stolen property.
The suspects were later linked to multiple vehicle burglaries and mail thefts in Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding communities.
Escoto and Nollen were both booked into the Mono County Jail with bail set at $50,000/each, pending charges by the Mono County District Attorney.
We would like to thank the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and the Mono County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.
If you have additional information or may be a victim in this crime, please contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at 760-965-3700