Chino Hills Investigators Recover Thousands Of Stolen Items

Staff Reports

Chino Hills – Mark Williams Ellis, 36, of Chino was arrested on suspicion of grand theft after he was found with six storage units full of items stolen dating back to 2006. (Courtesy San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

A vehicle code violation stop in Chino earlier this month led investigators to more than $200,000 in stolen items dating back to thefts committed in 2006, San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials said Thursday at a news conference at the McCoy Equestrian & Recreation Center in Chino Hills.

Mark William Ellis, 36, of Chino was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and vehicle theft, according to booking logs. Ellis was on probation at the time of his arrest on Feb. 4 and is being held without bail at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, records indicate.

Ellis is believed to have stolen the property over the last 12 years at least, said Sgt. Randy Naquin during the conference from inside one of the department’s storage units at the center, which still contained hundreds of items that are awaiting to be returned to their rightful owners. Naquin, however, said he believes the thefts may have started earlier.

In those 12 years, it doesn’t appear Ellis ever sold much, if any, of the property instead hoarding it inside six different storage units in Montclair, according to authorities.

Detectives with the Chino Hills sheriff’s station determined Ellis had taken items from vehicles, home, businesses and schools in Chino Hills, Chino, Anaheim, Newport Beach, Tracy, Walnut, Los Angeles, Fontana, Ontario and Las Vegas, Nevada, officials said. Among the items taken were several firearms, electronics, cellphones, tools and gym equipment.