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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SBCSD: Bluecut Fire Evacuated Residents Victims of Grand Theft

Advisory: Victims of grand theft during the Bluecut Fire are asking for the public's assistance in locating their stolen tools

DATE/TIME: 9-06-16

INCIDENT: Grand Theft

LOCATION: 6000 blk Ocotillo Street, San Bernardino

SUSPECT(S): John Coppini, 44 years of age a resident of San Bernardino

VICTIM(S): Michael and Crystal Armstrong

SUMMARY: On August 17, 2016, the victims were contacted by deputies from the Central Patrol Station and instructed to evacuate their property due to the approaching Blue Cut fire. The fire at that time was not contained and was posing a direct threat to them. The victims adhered to the recommendation of the deputies and evacuated from their home for their safety. After leaving their home, the Armstrongs were watching the news coverage of the fire in their area when they saw an interview done by a reporter for Channel 9 News. The male subject being interviewed, later identified as John Coppini was standing in front of their burned down house claiming to be the caretaker of the property. 

When the Armstrongs returned to their property, they discovered their truck and several tools were now missing. Their truck was recovered; however, their tools remained missing. The stolen tools are valued at approximately $30,000 and are critical to the success of Mr. Armstrong's diesel mechanic repair business. The tools are described as: trig welder, hydraulic punch, cable saw, hydraulic hose crimper, roto hammer, band saw, hydraulic hole punch, right angle drill and thousands of metric and sae sockets and wrenches. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective K. Marshall of the Central Station (909) 387-3545. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at 

Station:Central - Phone No.(909) 856-6178
Case No.011603437

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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