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Deputies Arrest Yucaipa Man Wanted on Burglary and Stolen Property Warrants

Stephen Mize, 24, and Frank Casucci, 51, both of Yucaipa, were arrested Sunday Sept. 9, according to inmate records. Casucci was accused of harboring a fugitive.

Two Yucaipa men were arrested Sunday, one on multiple burglary and possession of stolen property warrants, the other on suspicion of harboring a fugitive, the Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday.

Deputies were looking last week for Stephen Joseph Mize, 24, and tried to contact him near California Street and Beech Avenue on Sept. 6, Yucaipa Station personnel said in a statement.

Mize ran and got away, but deputies from the Yucaipa Multi Enforcement Team learned of a location where Mize was could be hiding.

They set up surveillance in the Wildwood Canyon area on Sunday Sept. 9 and found Mize hiding inside a home in the 34500 block of Wildwood Canyon Road, Yucaipa Station personnel said.

Mize and the home owner, 51-year-old Frank Casucci, were both taken into custody without incident.

Mize was arrested on suspicion of several felonies including burglary and possession of stolen property. Casucci was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory for allowing Mize to stay at his residence.

Both men were booked at Central Detention Center early Sunday. Mize was held without bail and remained locked up Wednesday, according to inmate records.

Casucci's bail was set at $25,000, deputies said. He was released from lockup before noon Sunday.

The neighborhood is in the same area where a on Aug. 13. That incident ended in the 34000 block of Avenue G, further west on the south side of Wildwood Creek.

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