ROSAMOND – A tip from the public helped Rosamond authorities recover seven stolen vehicles and stolen firearms from a Rosamond residence on Friday.
Richard Whempner, 53, and Jeffrey Bradley, 34, were arrested in connection with the bust, according to a news release from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
“On [Oct. 2], deputies from the Rosamond Substation went to the 4700 block of Brabham Avenue on a tip from the public regarding the location of stolen vehicles,” officials said in the news release. “While at the residence, deputies found a stolen vehicle and saw what appeared to be stolen property.”
Deputies obtained a search warrant for the property and located seven confirmed stolen vehicles and numerous other stolen items, including several firearms, officials said.
Whempner was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms, while Bradley was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of stolen vehicles, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance, officials said in the news release.
Bradley is being held on a $190,000 bail and Whempner is being held on $30,000 bail. Both are due in court Tuesday.
The vehicles and most of the property were returned to the rightful owners, officials said.