LANCASTER – Multiple firearms, several hundred rounds of ammunition and drugs were seized Wednesday during a local operation that targeted felons not complying with their post-release conditions.
“Multiple teams hit 15 different locations looking for 10 absconders,” said Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. He said absconders were felons who were in violation of their post-release conditions.
The list of alleged absconders was generated by the Los Angeles County Probation Department, Ruiz said, and the operation would be ongoing until all absconders were taken into custody.
Ruiz said deputies on Wednesday found one handgun, two shotguns, four rifles, and several hundred rounds of ammunition while searching a Lancaster residence for one listed absconder – 45-year-old parolee Robert Nicely. Nicely was arrested on a no bail warrant for a parole violation and for being a felon in possession of firearms, Ruiz said.
Nicely’s wife, 54-year-old Teresa Thurman, was also arrested Wednesday for being a felon in possession of firearms, Ruiz said. Both were arrested at a home in 45000 block of 17th Street West in Lancaster.
The operation also led deputies to Lake Los Angeles, where 54-year-old Linda Dickson was arrested in the 16800 block of Mossdale Avenue for possession of methamphetamine, Ruiz said.
“We are very confident that this ongoing operation will find the remaining absconders,” Ruiz said.
The ongoing local operation is being conducted by the Sheriff’s Department Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Bureau, Parole Compliance Team.
“Operations like this are important because we’re hoping to have a direct impact in helping to drop the crime rate throughout the Antelope Valley,” Ruiz said. “Our belief is that some of the crimes generated are committed by these individuals who are released prior to completing their full sentences.”