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Three People Caught Breaking Into Ranger Residence

Pinnacles National Monument

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On Wednesday, May 11th, three people broke into an unoccupied park residence on the west side of the park. They’d left the Bear Gulch area “to see the caves” early in the afternoon, but, instead of heading towards the caves, they mistakenly hiked into the high peaks area of the park, then knowingly followed signs away from their vehicle because the trail led downhill and they would otherwise have had to walk some uphill sections to get back to their vehicle. The trio arrived on the west side to find no visitors or staff in the area. They proceeded to break into the residence to send a text message to family members in an attempt to get a ride home.  Ranger Giasone Gigliotti arrived home to find the three leaving his residence through the back door, just as ranger Roberto Cruz was traveling through the area on patrol. All three were detained and cited for trespass and one who was on parole was cited for possession of a controlled substance. Further charges may be pending.



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