A man police say is suspected of a robbery that took place in December in Joshua Tree was arrested this week inside the Yucca Valley Joshua Tree, while in possession of heroin.
Keith Hencel, 39, was a suspect in a December 15 burglary, according to The Hi-Desert Star. in Joshua Tree. Warrants were obtained for his arrest for burglary and parole violation.
Monday morning, deputies spotted Hencel driving a pickup truck in the Home Depot parking lot. Deputies attempted to pull him over, but he sped away.
A search of the area was conducted and police say they found Hencel inside the Dollar Tree on Twentynine Palms Highway. The Sherrif’s Department alleges that he was carrying 25.8 grams of heroin at the time of his arrest.