Man Steals City Snowplow After Blizzard

A record snowstorm in California has been leading some people to get a bit desperate. A man has been suspected of stealing a municipal snowplow in Big Bear Lake days after a blizzard hit the area.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Jonathan Hernandez allegedly broke into a secure area at City Hall on March 4, 2023, which saw him drive off in a snowplow. Luckily, the plow was outfitted with a GPS, meaning deputies were able to track it down rather easily.

Hernandez was found inside the snowplow but it remains unclear as to what his intentions with the vehicle were. It would have certainly been a welcome sight for many in the San Bernardino Mountains in the wake of recent storms. The area has been hit with more than 100 inches of snow in snow places, burying cars, blocking roads and even leading to fires.

The man now faces grand theft charges but that’s not exactly the end of all his problems. A background check completed by officers uncovered an active felony warrant for his arrest. Deputies found two rifles and ammunition in the hotel room he was staying in and after an inspection, deemed they were not compliant with California law.

Officers then searched Hernandez’s vehicle and found an additional loaded handgun. Hernandez now faces charges for weapons violations. He was being held in the West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $60,000 bail.