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Probationer pleads not guilty to stealing vehicle, meth possession

ADELANTO • An Adelanto probationer pleaded not guilty Thursday in Victorville court after he was charged with stealing a car and possessing methamphetamine.

Probation officers went to the 18300 block of Adelanto Road on Tuesday night to question Howard William Tuller, 52, regarding a vehicle theft that occurred Jan. 15 in Apple Valley, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s news release.

During the probation check, a deputy located a glass pipe loaded with meth and a plastic bag of meth in Tuller’s pocket, according to the release. Deputies also located evidence connecting Tuller to a vehicle theft out of Adelanto, unrelated to the Apple Valley incident, according to the release.

He was arrested and the District Attorney’s office charged him with receiving stolen property, possessing meth and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Victorville Judge Lorenzo Balderrama set his bail at $250,000 during Thursday’s arraignment, according to online court records.

Tuller is scheduled to return to court Thursday for arraignment.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Victor Valley sheriff's station at (760) 552-6800. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME or go to www.wetip.com.

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