Vehicles on south 203 vandalized

mcsoVandalism to vehicles parked on Hwy 203

For those carpoolers and others that park in the dirt lot on southbound Hwy 203, across from the chain-up area, please beware that several vehicles have been vandalized.

On Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, at approximately 7:15am, a local resident parked their vehicle in the dirt lot for the duration of the day. When they returned to their vehicle around 5:00pm, they noticed the front passenger side window had been smashed. There was a large rock next to the vehicle which is believed to have been used to smash the window.

On Wednesday, June 25th, 2014, at approximately 7:15am, a different local resident parked their vehicle in the same dirt lot. A car passing through the lot noticed that both the driver’s side and passenger side windows had been smashed.

Mono County Sheriff’s Investigators are asking anyone that has any information on the person that is vandalizing vehicles in this area, or has seen any suspicious activity, to please contact our dispatch center at (760) 932-7549. The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is urging people to take caution when parking their vehicles in this common dirt lot. Always remember to leave your valuables somewhere other than inside your vehicle and ensure your vehicle is locked. If you see any suspicious activity, or notice any other vehicles that have been vandalized, please contact local law enforcement immediately.

Written and prepared by Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer


58 Responses to Vehicles on south 203 vandalized

  1. Mk June 26, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Sorry to hear this.
    Isn’t there a Caltrans camera at that area?

  2. p ite June 26, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    isnt there a camera that moniters that location

    • Dan June 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

      Yes there are cameras, but they only show a small portion of that area….

  3. joel June 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    This story has no doubt tipped off the perps — it would have been better for the police to park a “bait car” there with obvious valuables inside, and catch them quick and easy.

    • sugar magnolia June 27, 2014 at 9:20 am #

      yeah, smooth move Mono County Sheriff!

  4. Eastern Sierra Local June 27, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    There’s a park and ride lot on the eastside of 395 and 203 that is never used and not known about. It’s way safer there because it’s out of site and out of mind.

    • erik simpson June 27, 2014 at 10:35 am #

      I kind of wish you hadn’t pointed that out. I use that lot frequently, but I think I’ll wait a while before parking there again. The junky responsible for the breakins will probably get caught either there or in some other stupid circumstance before too long.

  5. OHV June 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    they most likely all had FOI bumper stickers on their cars

    • Tom O June 28, 2014 at 8:27 am #

      OHV…what the hell is that supposed to mean?….do they deserve it?…FYI, FOI does most of the trail maintenance all around the INF.If you were active, perhaps you would see some of the work we/they do. They work under direction of USFS. They are not a government agency. For some reason the USFS has become an entity of outsourcers that is yet another regulatory agency that uses millions and millions of dollars for….what? salaries? Perhaps if USFS got off their duff and actually did something in the forest we wouldnt need groups like FOI. FOI only works the trails, they dont decide what to close off. Their trail workers are volunteers…..exactly how much trailwork/volunteerism have you done? Or Is it easier to sit at a computer and be part of the problem rather than the solution.

    • Wayne Deja June 28, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      OHV……And with a statement like that (a threat ?) is the reason so many off-roaders have such a bad reputation…making your own rules….looking down on anyone that doesn’t want to open up 100 % of the land to your “look at me ” sport…and hoping people will just throw up their arms and give up to the damage the majority of ORV “riders” do to the wilderness…FOI is a big reason our area and valley doesn’t look like California City or Jawbone Canyon.

      • OHV June 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

        No Wayne it’s not a threat just a thought. and the reason Illegal Aliens have such a bad reputation is…making their own rules, while breaking the law, while demanding to be rewarded with citizenship.

        Anyone can make their own rules and only follow the laws they want. It’s wrong that the illegals are the only ones getting rewarded for it.

        • Tony Cumia June 30, 2014 at 9:27 am #

          Are you a lunatic? Illegal Aliens?So illegal aliens are the ones that dont like FOI? did this turn into bashing the Hispanics in this town that probably work a hell of a lot harder than you.

          • OHV June 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

            If illegal aliens don’t follow our laws why in the hell should anyone?

          • Wayne Deja June 30, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

            Tony Cumia….It’s the typical older angry-Republican tea-party male that can ALWAYS work that sort of comment into the story,no matter what the story might be about….

          • Wayne Deja June 30, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

            OHV….”OUR” laws ?…….How about YOUR narrow-minded laws that are now in the big minority in OUR Country……

          • Ken Warner June 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

            Tony Cumia: There is a difference between “illegal” and “Hispanic” Some illegal aliens are not Hispanic and all Hispanics are not illegal. Some Hispanics have been in California since before there was a United States.

            An illegal is a law breaker by definition and should not receive any special treatment except deportation. How can our country exist if a portion of the people who live in our country ignore the laws or demand those laws be changed to suit their own demands?

  6. GW June 30, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    FOI provided the Forest Circus and Boxer all of the proposed wilderness boundaries for the Boxer Wilderness Act and FOI conitnues to have a huge influence on the upcoming round of new wilderness designation being proposed in the forest’s planning revision effort.

    FOI trail crew are paid through OHV Green sticker grant funding! The only volunteers are the public that help out on FOI special projects and programs. The grant was for $600,000 for three years, so it is the motorized community that is actually providing the road closure crews.

    Love to hear where Deja got the notion that ohvers want 100 % of the forest opened, we just don’t want to loose any more than we already have! FOI and Boxer both admitted that the Boxer Wilderness bill had all the wilderness in it that was reasonable and they wouldn’t be back for more and now look at them! We knew they weren’t being honest when they said it, but we thought that at least it would be years before they arrogantly came back for more!

    • Ken Warner June 30, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

      GW: “we just don’t want to loose any more than we already have!”

      You don’t “have” anything except permission to use what you shouldn’t be using in the first place. Be grateful for what you do have instead of crying that you want more.

      • GW July 1, 2014 at 9:17 am #

        Only crying I hear about wanting more is from KW and other elitists wishing to wipe out existing laws (RS 2477 for example) to establish more fake wilderness (land full of historic roads).

        Deliberately mis-construing what the off road community’s goals are should damage KW’s credibility, but curiously the uninformed green sheep lap it up and want to hear more lies and deception about the truth on the ground? Our forests are being destroyed, oh my!!!! Please shut them down before it’s too late!!!

        Please provide one single solitary quote from an ohver insisting that 100% of the forest be available to motorized recreation? Can’t do it? Oh well, don’t let that dissuade you from your goal of turning our beautiful forests into museums that no one can enter!

        • Wayne Deja July 1, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

          GW….I’ve never heard any off-roaders “ask” for 100 % of the forest land….there lies the problem…..they don’t “ask” for anything…’s just take,take,take…..decimate the land,and then move on to ANOTHER place and do the same thing….or at least try to….no area is safe…..need I tell the story again about the drunken,unruly rowdy loud-mouth group of “biker-guys” I witnessed….and turned in to the Mono County Sheriffs Dept…. a couple years ago at Virginia Lakes(a high elevation recreation site) when they were “guy-trekking” through Virginia Creek,an avalanche site,and the hiking trails…instead of me fishing and enjoying the next afternoon….after they were told to leave….I felt compelled to spend some of my time picking up THEIR trash they left behind…..thanks a lot,”biker-guys”.

    • OHV June 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

      Exactly why I now register my off road vehicles and snowmobiles in Nevada.

      • Ken Warner June 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

        OHV: Good for you! And I hope you ride there also.

  7. Wayne Deja June 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    GW….I kinda likin it to that commercial on T.V where the little children are sitting at the table telling the guy “We want more !!!….More is better!”….read the story about the Desert Tortoise Preserve in California City and how the “Honda -track” encroached into that and caused the deaths of scores of baby tortoises…..back in the early 80’s,when “tracks and trails” were made in Jawbone Canyon…..check out how the area looks now…..35 years later….extending WAY past the alloted “trail plan”…….or better yet,go into the Eastside of Lancaster out near Lake Los Angeles….the weekly dirt-bike races that took place at the Ponderosa Cafe,I think on Ave.J and 160th St. East…miles way from Lake L.A….the whole area was decimated….and remains that way to this day……35 years later….Back in the middle 70’s I knew a family that had an alfalfa ranch in that area,a few miles from the dirt bike track,and they said it was a weekly accurance they had to chase off the “dirt riders” off his property and alfalfa fields…..and had to do weekly trash clean-ups…ON THEIR PROPERTY…..courtesy of the dirt-bikers and their rider-guys…..moral to the story….quit trashing the areas you “ride”…stay off private property….quit encroaching on areas you don’t belong..clean up your trash,and maybe you’ll have better luck keeping the areas you do have.

    • OHV July 1, 2014 at 8:24 am #

      Riding in illegal areas is the equivalent of entering the Country illegally. If it’s good for them, it’s good for the OHVers. We’re going to be tearing things up down around Lone Pine this weekend. Have a nice day Wayne.

      • Wayne Deja July 1, 2014 at 11:27 am #

        OHV……If your gonna be making another threat…..this time,saying you’ll be “tearing things up”,if I see you doing it,you’ll be getting a visit from our local Law Enforcement…

        • Wayne Deja July 1, 2014 at 11:31 am #

          OHV…..And I might add,if you happen to be “tearing things up” on my property,I’ll have my home-made spike-strips ready,waiting and placed at strategical spots.

          • Mammoth Motorcycle Club July 2, 2014 at 10:47 am #

            Wayne, what you’re talking about here is illegal.

            Knowingly setting up a trap, and causing someone to “crash” may seriously injure that person. You will be facing an assault charge if you decide to do this.

            ****FOI members please take note…

      • Pedro July 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

        So, we can deport you too?

        • OHV July 5, 2014 at 9:49 am #

          You can die trying

          • Wayne Deja July 5, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

            OHV….Pedro is right…YOUR type is what will destroy this Country from within..thinking your above the law…bringing racial comments into this story(and PLEASE don’t try to say it’s not),and a reason for you to break the law when you choose….bottom line is…This Country and it’s future generations WOULD be better off…and safer…if you and those thinking your way would just pack up and leave if you don’t like the way things are going with immigration.. cause it ain’t going to change anytime soon….the only way it will is if we get some angry Republican back in office to run this Country….and we ALL know that ain’t going to happen anytime soon…if ever again..

          • Pedro July 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

            OHV, I love tie dyeing.

          • Pedro July 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

            We are all that type to some extent. We all think we are above the law and only want to follow rules we like.

            Some Friends of Inyo idiots (FOII) are putting up road closure signs wherever they please. Even on non Forest Circus land (even private property) from what I’ve heard from several different sources. Some Mammoth Motorcycle Clowns are endorsing Off Highway Vato’s extreme “I’ll do whatever I want until the rest of you are perfect.” infantile temper tantrum here. You, Wayne, want the right to boobytrap your property. I do everything I can to avoid paying the Feds to use my public land that I already paid taxes to care for.

            OHV and FOII look the same to me. Idiotically hurting their own good causes and being their own worse enemy. Maybe they deserve each other. Can we all get along?

  8. Mammoth Motorcycle Club July 1, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    Blah, blah, blah, (Yawn). The same ole rhetoric sure gets old, eh Tom O? Eh Whine Deja? You both seem a little confused about what’s really happening here, so let me help: Direct orders from the FS are often IGNORED by this “friends” organization. No secret here, the FS has admitted this directly to me (ask Kasmierski or Ruggelburger). I’ll not bore you with details. Fact is, on many occasions the “Friends of the Inyo” “group” HAVE DECIDED what to close, approved or not (makes no diff to them).

    So what’s my point? FOI does what it wants, often UNSUPERVISED and without oversight. We’ve seen it with our own eyes, and the FOI “group” has even been heard bragging about this in public. This is known as a FAIL.

    Question is, can you name another organization that does this same kind of thing? Lol.

    What’s the solution? Three very simple steps. 1. Refuse the greensticker registration tax altogether. 2. Street plate your bike or register out of state. 3. Remove all FOI rubbish/litter from trails (this is legal, per USFS).

    Thank you “OHV,” for doing your part! Someone who gets it!

    • sugar magnolia July 2, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      That’s funny, I thought you were talking about the dirt bike groups who seem to have the FS in their pocket these days….

      When will you guys realize the negative effect you have on other recreational users and work with people to chose appropriate places for you to ride? If you don’t do that, the backlash will eventually get you and you may lose all your places to ride.

      • OHV July 2, 2014 at 9:44 am #

        With a plated dirt bike I can go anywhere Whine Deja can go.

        • sugar magnolia July 2, 2014 at 11:05 am #

          But not everywhere I go on my mountain bike! At least you aren’t supposed to, I know people do cause the dirt bikes cause deep ruts that grab my mountain bike tires.
          And USFS NEVER enforces their no dirt bikes rule

          • OHV July 2, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

            I generally try to avoid riding on the mountain bike trails, and hiking trails. But it’s open season on the FOI closed jeep trails as a matter of principal.

        • Wayne Deja July 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

          OHV….The only “whining I hear is from you and your kind wanting more…and whining about the Sierra Club,FOI,and others trying their damndest from you all turning the Owens Valley into a California City or Jawbone Canyon.

          • OHV July 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

            ‘your kind’ is very close to a ‘you people’ type comment and should usually be avoided.

            I was a member of the Sierra Club at one time.

            Then I learned to never join any club that would accept me as a member

          • Ken Warner July 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

            OHV: Sometimes stereotypes fit. And Groucho Marx said it first.

          • OHV July 3, 2014 at 10:59 am #

            I agree Ken. More often then not, stereotypes fit. Same applies to racial stereotypes and racial jokes.

            I still try to avoid throwing everyone in the same boat. But illegal, is still illegal regardless if you’re riding a dirt bike where it’s not legal or crossing our Southern boarder illegally.

            Until the government does their job and protects our boarders from invasion I will continue to pick and choose which laws I will obey and which ones I won’t.

          • Benett Kessler July 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

            So, you have no inherent dedication to follow the laws. Only if everyone else does. Benett Kessler

          • Wayne Deja July 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

            OHV….With your comments,THAT is the reason some CAN stereo-type the “rider-guy-guys”….stating your above the law because “illegal aliens” aren’t deported to your liking,and comparing that as to why it’s OK for you and the “ORV guys” to break the law….stating the vandalized vehicles “probably had FOI bumper stickers”,I guess meaning bringing it on themselves for not being “rider-guys” wanting to open up….and tear up, more land here in Inyo County….then saying your “guy-group” is coming to Lone Pine to “tear things up” this week-end….I had to laugh when you stated how you “try to avoid ” ride-riding” on mountain bike and hiking trails…..gimme a break….you couldn’t care less if others are put-out or annoyed by your behavior…but a “matter of principle” to screw up the trails that are closed…and then it’s to working the system by registering your “man-toys” in Nevada,but residing in California…and surely if your ticketed for that,YOU would be the one WHINING again how your “boy-band” of dirt-riders are being “picked on” and targeted because of your “manly girl-catching” hobby on two wheels in the desert…in your colorful uniforms and matching color-coded helmets…..with flames on the sides.

          • Pedro July 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

            You help prove that we will destroy our country from within before any outside force does. You running for Congress?

          • Ken Warner July 4, 2014 at 8:54 am #

            OHV: “Until the government does their job and protects our boarders from invasion I will continue to pick and choose which laws I will obey and which ones I won’t.”

            What if someone or group violently dislikes what you are doing to the environment with your and decides to pick and choose which laws they will disregard in response? Could happen…

          • OHV July 4, 2014 at 11:48 am #

            I am ok with that Ken. I’ll let you know if that ever happens. I was shot at on my snowmobile a few years back. Law enforcement took my side on that one.

          • Wayne Deja July 4, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

            “I was shot at on my snowmobile a few years back “…….gimme a break !!!!….Must have been one of those “radical environmentalist” when you must have felt the bullet whiz by while you were helmeted and riding a noisy snowmobile…

          • Joe July 5, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

            I too am curious how one would know they were shot at on a snowmobile. Bullet hole in the snow scooter? Saw a little snow jump up? Eating lunch and hear gun fire and a whiz of the bullet? Please give more detail! Thanks!

          • sugar magnolia July 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

            Why does everyone keep saying our boarders need to be protected? Why just boarders? How about skiers? But what do they need to be protected from? High lift ticket prices? Fumarole fumes? Crowds? I could go for that one, protect me from crowded slopes please!

  9. Wayne Deja July 1, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    Mammoth M/C Club……Don’t you have an event to go to up there this weekend ?……and be following around some unsuspecting family,finding out where they’re shopping,eating,spending the nights,and how much they’re spending ?

    • Wayne Deja July 5, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

      Joe…Maybe he SAW the bullet coming his way…and being an elite-athletic “rider-guy”,he was able to dodge,move and swerve out of the way of the incoming projectile….or just maybe someone should remind him it’s also against the law to make a false police report…..maybe one of those laws he chooses to ignore as long as” illegal immigration” is allowed..and probably had something to do with his own agenda,and stating to Law Enforcement it was FOI or another violent and radical environmentalist group trying to stop him from his “sport”….I’m sure the Mono County Sheriff Dept. took it real serious and “filed” his report…maybe to make it onto their “cold-case” list…

  10. Mammoth Motorcycle Club July 2, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Thanks for your interest in the Club, Wayne. Yes, we do have a dirtbike riding / “trail maintenance” event this weekend! Unfortunately, details are for members only… If you’re interested, contact me through our website. Thanks!

    As far as the “following a family” around thing. Sorry, we’re not interested in doing that. We’re actually a dirtbike riding group out of Mammoth Lakes.

    Anyways, have a great 4th! Ride safe!

  11. hot ditch21 July 3, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Dirtbike riding and 4 wheeling is legal, my atv is registered, i wear my helmet and follow the rules. Im not asking for 100% of all land to be open, i dont even know what that means the logistists of that are impossible given the terrain of inyo co. I just want to keep the roads that are open now to stay open. The same dirt roads that i have been riding on since i was knee high to a coyote, and the same dirt roads my father grew up riding on. The same dirt roads that members of f.o.i. use. I bet even wayne drives on dirt roads to get to fishin spots. My point being off roading has and will be a big part of inyo and mono county recreation,fishing, hunting and camping. With 4th of july weekend upon us the valley will be filled with people doing all kinds of recreation. The 4th of july which i think is still a celebration of freedom.

    • Ken Warner July 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

      hot ditch21: Sure, what you say is reasonable and logical. Two and four wheel riding is not illegal. It is where some people choose to ride that is contentious.

      Some of the people who ride are not reasonable and logical. Review what has been said in this thread. It’s not a nice respectable attitude they have.

    • Wayne Deja July 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

      hot ditch21…..You are correct…I do get on some dirt roads when I’m getting to some fishing spots.But once I get there,I don’t hop out of my truck,don my colorful one-piece cycle suit and helmet and proceed further into and through the creeks,into and onto hiking and mountain bike trails,onto private property,around barriers…that is if I choose not to tear down the barriers and signs telling me it might be an area closed to motorized traffic…. and I don’t leave bottles,cans and trash behind for others to see or have to pick up.

      • Rick O'Brien July 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

        Wayne , not ALL bikers or atv’ers are trash-dumping,law-breaking morons….I fish a lot like you do and even in the most remote area’s that I frequent, FISHERMEN, leave their beer cans, water bottles, salmon egg jars, and miles and miles of fishing line. My day pac is always filled with (others) trash when I go back to camp. There are irresponsible , buttheads in ALL groups, bikers, hunters and fishermen.
        And colorful,one-piece riding suit… ? Those are the STREET riders!

        • Wayne Deja July 5, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

          Rick O’brien…agreed…not all,but from my own experiences,most.Many of them have that “give me more” mindset,and angry “do-as-I please” attitude…above the law,much like the “OHV” commentor has on this thread….the “might as well let me do as I please cause I’m going to do it anyway” way of thinking….very little concern for others around them….and even less concern with what destruction they do to the land….as well as no respect for the law….case in point,Friday I went to our local lake with a carl’s Jr. $ 6.00 burger,onion rings,and a medium ice tea….sat at one of the few remaining campsites to eat my lunch,and there they came….”riding” their “man-toys” speeding and popping wheelies on the narrow one-lane 15 MPH road with other vehicles, families, children, and pets present…kicking up dirt spinning “donuts” around the big trash dumpsters…and when I finished my lunch and drove back home to watch the Angel-Astro baseball game on FOX SPORTS,our local fire alarm went off…grabbed my scanner to see what was going on….and it was a trash dumpster on fire …at the local lake I had just left from….where the “guys” were doing their “donuts” and raising their hell….what a coincidence.

  12. Philip Anaya July 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    It is always a disruption to the day’s plan to have a flat, get stuck in the sand and even worse to break down out on some dirt road . The kids attended Waldorf School and “Dirt” was a word to be avoided in preference to the word “Earth”. So I like the concept of Earth Bikes and the respect for the ground that folks who ride earth bikes and other off road conveyances roll along with a clear vision of the nature that they are encountering as they ride. Is it about experiencing the open spaces, the gift of the earth or is it a need for speed and what about the consciousness/awareness of tearing up the ground .
    I keep it on the road. I always have a hope of adventure and a view. I should be walking to really get the effect but being a viejo flojo gordito (old fat lazy guy) dedicated to my own needs, I guess I’ll just roll on down that earthen road and hope one of you all don’t fly by me with a trail of dust. Why would anyone ever want to anger another in such a needless exercise.
    Meanwhile I never lock the truck . If you need a tool bad enough to be a thief at least try the door. That way you can save some auto glass.


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