On Tuesday, May 21, deputies from the Highland Police Department arrested Zachary Joseph Viers for burglary and possession of stolen property following a tip from a local resident.

At 9:20 a.m., deputies responded to a suspicious subject call from a resident in the 7300 block of Bonita Drive who reported seeing the suspect, later identified as Zachary Veirs, in a neighbor’s yard, according to a department press release.

Deputies Couret and Satterwhite arrived at the location while Veirs was still in the yard. Deputies report that when Veirs saw them he fled on foot carrying a small personal safe he had stolen from inside the residence. Veirs dropped the safe in another neighbor’s rear yard and continued to run from deputies.

Deputies set a perimeter around the two houses and eventually caught Veirs trying to climb over a wall that separated the two properties. He was arrested without further incident.

Veirs had a backpack with him, and deputies found a semi-automatic handgun that had been stolen from the residences. Additional property from inside the safe such as currency, collectable coins, jewelry and personal paperwork was also recovered and returned to the victim.

Veirs was booked into the West Valley Detention Center for Residential Burglary. His bail is set at $75,000 and he is scheduled for arraignment on May 23 in Superior Court in San Bernardino.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or is urged to contact the Highland Police Department at (909) 425-9793. 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 Hotline at wetip.com.

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