Man Arrested After Allegedly Carrying Methamphetamine, Python Snake in Backpack

Deputies arrested a man who was allegedly found with methamphetamine and a 24-inch python in his backpack on Monday, authorities said.

Steven Vanbuskirk, 40, was arrested near the Veteran's Hospital in Loma Linda, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies received a report around 9:45 a.m. regarding a man possibly breaking into cars at the hospital and responded to the scene. The deputies located a man matching the description of the suspected burglar, according to the news release.

Vanbuskirk was seen walking westbound on train tracks near the hospital. Deputies made contact with Vanbuskirk as he tried to get rid of a backpack, according to the news release.

Deputies allegedly found about 4.3 grams of methamphetamine, needles, burglary tools and a 24-inch ball phython snake, according to the news release.

Vanbuskirk was on "felony formal probation with search times" at the time of the arrest, according to the news release.

Vanbuskirk was booked into the Central Detention Center.

It was unclear if Vanbuskirk had an attorney.

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