Crime & Justice

Route 66 Museum burglary suspect arrested

This photo shows the sign outside the 66 Motel in Needles, California on July 12, 2003. Needles is one town along the 2,248 miles of the former Route 66 which has become a shadow of its former self since it was bypassed by Interstate 40, ravishing its businesses and commerce.
This photo shows the sign outside the 66 Motel in Needles, California on July 12, 2003. Needles is one town along the 2,248 miles of the former Route 66 which has become a shadow of its former self since it was bypassed by Interstate 40, ravishing its businesses and commerce.
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Authorities say surveillance footage has led to the arrest of a suspect in the burglary and vandalism at the California Route 66 Museum.

The roadside attraction in Victorville east of Los Angeles reported more than $5,000 in thefts and damage following the break-in last week.

A Marilyn Monroe statue stands along old Route 66 on June 15, 2007 in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
A Marilyn Monroe statue stands along old Route 66 on June 15, 2007 in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
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The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports Sunday that 25-year-old Roy Fonder has been charged with burglary, attempted burglary and vandalism. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney. Bail is set at $200,000.

The newspaper says Fonder's case has been suspended, pending a mental health hearing scheduled for March 7.

Although collectors of bottles and other items found in the desert have all but gone by the wayside, Elmer Long carries on the tradition with his continual creation of a forest of
Although collectors of bottles and other items found in the desert have all but gone by the wayside, Elmer Long carries on the tradition with his continual creation of a forest of "bottle trees" on old Route 66 on June 15, 2007 near Oro Grande, California.
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The museum commemorates the fabled Route 66, the first highway to connect the Midwest and the West Coast when it opened in 1926.

An online fundraising campaign seeks to raise money for repairs and to replace stolen items.

A symbol based on the original Route 66 road signs is seen painted on the highway near an abandoned gas station and cafe on June 16, 2007 in Ludlow, California.
A symbol based on the original Route 66 road signs is seen painted on the highway near an abandoned gas station and cafe on June 16, 2007 in Ludlow, California.
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