Three arrests linked to DWP thefts

Thomas Randolph

Thomas Randolph


The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office has three in custody after arrests was made on December 25th following a traffic stop about a mile north of

John Vaughn

John Vaughn

Independence.  Early on the morning of the 25th an Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle that, according to investigations, was linked to the recent DWP thefts on December 18th and December 22nd

The three in custody include: Thomas Randolph, a 49 year old man from Tujunga, CA; John Vaughn, a 48 year old man from Sunland, CA; and Edward Doyle, a 53 year old man from Sunland, CA. All are being held on conspiracy to commit burglary and two charges of grand theft.  Bail is set at $10,000 each.

Investigations are looking into potential leads on DWP equipment that has been stolen from the Owens Valley in the past year and a half.  At this point none of the DWP items that have been stolen have been recovered, however this investigations is ongoing.  If anyone has any information linked to this case they are asked to call 760-878-0383, or you may fill out the “report a crime” form on the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office webpage at

Edward Doyle

Edward Doyle


18 Responses to Three arrests linked to DWP thefts

  1. I have a shovel December 26, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    I thought everyone in the Owen’s Valley has found and taken home a DWP shovel by now 😉

    but that’s a lot different then what these idiots did

    • Benett Kessler December 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

      Allegedly did. They have not gone through court.
      Benett Kessler

      • Ethics in Politics/Media December 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

        Thou shalt not have a vested interest in the story you’re covering. Otherwise, a personal entanglement could color a reporter’s neutrality or cloud public perceptions of fairness. An obvious area of concern: when a journalist’s relatives, spouse or politician friend who purchased advertising space from the reporter is part of the news.

        • Benett Kessler December 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

          I know a lot of the business owners who advertise with it. I have never had a problem with the firm wall between advertising and news. Ask around.
          Benett Kessler

        • Chris December 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

          Benett is stating a fact without bias. If you read the Constitution, it’s innocent until proven guilty. An obvious area of concern is how you’re not aware that everyone is alleged in the crimes they are charged.

    • Victoria January 1, 2014 at 11:16 am #

      People are talking about shovels taken from DWP..well, stealing is stealing. No matter how you dress it up…if anyone took a shovel, send them to jail! Why talk about three men on this website, if you yourself are guilty off thieving? If you are innocent of stealing anything, or been accused of stealing, be my guest and pass judgement. You are not perfect. Quit acting like you are holier than thou.

      • Benett Kessler January 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

        You could take a little advice from yourself.
        Benett Kessler

      • Wayne Deja January 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

        Victoria…….I don’t think the guy that made that first post is stating he hopped the fence and broke into a DWP building to take that shovel…..maybe finding it on the side of the road or in a field…I’m doubting if you happen to find a shovel on the side of the road,stop, and pick it up, your subject to going to jail…if so,send me away too…..I once found a hoe on the side of the road….the kind you use to do yardwork….stopped and picked it up,and use it to this day…

        • I have a shovel January 2, 2014 at 7:42 am #

          .That’s right Wayne I found my shovel. Obviously left behind by some careless Dumb White Person. It had his initials right on it.

          And it is my favorite heater to this day

  2. Roy December 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    I can’t count the number of criminals I have caught in the act during my career… I don’t consider that they allegedly did a armed robbery when I caught them coming out the store after they shot and killed the owner with the smoking gun in their hand….. They did the crime, not allegedly committed the crime.

    • Benett Kessler December 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

      You’re apparently not in the field of news.

  3. Big Rick OBrien December 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Thou shall not judge a book by it’s cover…NOT !

    • Victoria January 1, 2014 at 11:19 am #

      Thank you, Big Rick! My point, exactly!

  4. Trouble December 27, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    They look a little old for joy rides, I would like to hear if they have a record?

    • Desert Tortoise December 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

      There are websites that will do this if you are willing to pay them. I found several but the info isn’t that important to me. Bennett? How about it?

  5. andy December 30, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    sounds like a reality show gone bad.

  6. Joe December 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    I think Mr. Vaughan should automatically get 5 years just for that hilarious mugshot.

  7. I have a shovel January 3, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    That so called racist shallow comment was told to me by three very good friends who are very proud hard working DWP employees who live here in the Owens Valley.

    It’s good they can joke about themselves. I’m sorry if it offended someone.


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