Museum Burglary Information

The California Route 66 Museum would like to clear up any false or misleading information concerning the burglary that took place on its property.

At about 2:00 AM, January 22, 2018, an adult male broke into the building of the California Route 66 Museum, located in the City of Victorville. The museum’s alarm system sounded and alerted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies in which they responded.

Video footage of the burglary was completely captured on the museum’s surveillance cameras. The footage captured an adult male stealing gift shop items and some museum exhibits. He was also seen destroying museum exhibits and breaking glass display cases. Some news reports have stated that $3,000 of damage was done, but this is false. The burglar caused an estimated damage of $30,000.

Within a short time after the burglary, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Roy Fonder, age 25. He was found with stolen items near the museum and matched the description of the suspect on the surveillance video. Fonder was booked at the High Desert Detention Center on suspicion of burglary and vandalism.

Some of the items that where stolen where recovered, but not all. It is not believed that other people were involved in this crime.

As a result of the burglary, the museum had to temporally close its doors in order to clean up the damage and make safety repairs before we could allow guest to enter.

Currently, the California Route 66 Museum is trying to repair exhibits, replace glass display cases, and install additional security. With an event such as this, it has put a financial hardship on the museum. The museum is a nonprofit organization and receives no government funding of any kind. The museum is fully funded by those who make donations and/or buy items from its gift shop.

While the museum is covered by insurance, there is a deductible that must be met. There are also items that will not be covered by the insurance. This has led the museum to seek help from it supporters to recover from this senseless event. A GoFundMe campaign was launched, using the Museum Director’s name, Sue Bridges.

Taken from the museum’s surveillance camera.