Not surprising at all. There are a lot of yahoos out there that have pissed off the residents, especially in the 29 palms area and near Joshua Tree. This is a huge bone of contention. Again, if you are cruising quietly by and not making a huge dust cloud, then nobody is going to have a problem with you. I would expect that the guys who got their stuff confiscated probably deserved it.
I mentioned this on another thread...As a property owner we were "warned" by a ranger one saturday morning about how many "riders" each and every parcel was allowed to have (9...not groups, 9 riders). Due to the punks racing down the dirt roads through private property, destroying fences to get in, etc. residents have lodged complaints mainly from the Landers, Flamingo Heights areas...The rangers have been patrolling the area quite a bit. They're pretty cool with the law abiders as long as we keep it cool. They visited a neighbor of mine that had several rigs (over the allowed 9), they were being a little too loud (8:00pm) according to someone that reported it
. They were told to keep it down and have ever since! This isn't just for residential areas, open camping as well!!!!!
Main thing is to be cool...don't do anything that'll give them reason to come out and shut us down!