Detectives recover over $200,000 in stolen property and arrest Mark Ellis

Date/Time Occurred: February 4, 2018
Crime or Incident: Vehicle, Residential and Commercial Burglaries
Location: Chino Hills, Chino, Anaheim, Newport Beach, Tracy, Walnut, Los Angeles, Fontana, Ontario and Las Vegas, Nevada
Suspect: Mark Ellis, 36-year-old resident of Chino

On Sunday, February 4, 2018, Chino Hills deputies conducted a traffic stop for Vehicle Code violations on a vehicle driven by 36-year-old Mark Ellis from Chino. Through investigation, deputies found stolen property inside the car. During a follow up investigation, Detectives executed a search warrant for six storage units in the city of Montclair. Over $200,000 worth of property was recovered from the storage facility.

As Detectives sorted through the recovered property, they determined Ellis had conducted vehicle, residential, and commercial burglaries since at least 2006 in Chino Hills, Chino, Anaheim, Newport Beach, Tracy, W alnut, Los Angeles, Fontana, Ontario, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Based on evidence and information developed, Detectives believe Ellis is a serial burglar who kept and stored the majority of the property he stole over the years.

Detectives have worked tirelessly on returning stolen property to the proper victims. To date, they have been able to return over $63,000 worth of property to the following victims: Millenia MMA, Next Level Gym, The Pilates Circle, Y.I.C. Tae Kwon Do School, Montessori School, Self-Made Gym, Don Lugo High School, City of Chino Hills, Chino High School, and Ayala High School. We have confirmed over 50 vehicle burglaries with 40 victims identified. Several firearms have been recovered as well as electronic devices, cellular phones, tablets, tools, gym equipment, etc.

Mark Ellis was arrested and booked at West Valley Detention Center and is currently being held without bail.

We are currently seeking additional victims. If you believe you were a victim of Mark Ellis, or would like to claim your property, please contact Detective J. Jackson at Chino Hills Police at (909)364-2000.
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