$8,000 In Stolen Cash and Coins

By Anthony Saude

Chino Hills – Deputy Livi was patrolling his area like any other night when he noticed a car with Utah plates parked on Riverside Drive and E. End Avenue that at around 1:30 a.m., ther were two men sleeping in it, said Sgt. Randy Naquin of the Chino Hills Sheriff’s station.

Deputy Livi requested backup, when it arrived the deputies identified the two sleeping men as Utah residents, Christopher Giles, 46 and 39-year old Kris Vanleuven. The deputies searched the vehicle after they received consent from the men. During the search they found the men to be in possession of Methamphetamine and Heroin, said Sgt. Naquin.

Continuing the search the deputies found over $8,000 in stolen cash, gold coins, possible burglary tools and a slungshot. A slungshot is a maritime tool with a weight, or “shot”, affixed to the end of a long cord or rope that is used to assist in throwing mooring lines over a distance. According to California Penal Code section 12020 it is a felony be in possession of one. There are several other states that it is a felony to have one as well.

Both Giles and Vanleuven were arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of  possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and for possession of a slungshot.

Sgt. Noquin said that they have contacted outside agencies to determine if any reported burglaries might similar stolen property that could be claimed. Detectives are still investigating the case. If anyone has any information about the case you are encouraged to call the Chino Hills station at 909-364-2000


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