ATTEMPTED THEFT OF ATM
A commercial burglary occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at approximately 12:48 a.m. in the 100 block of S. Sanderson Avenue, to which officers from the San Jacinto Police Department responded. During the burglary, two male adults wearing ski masks and gloves backed a box truck up to the front of the business, smashed the glass front doors and entered the business.
Once inside, they tied a chain to the ATM machine and attempted to remove it from the business. The suspects were unsuccessful removing the machine and fled the area in the truck. Officers searched the area for the suspects, but were unable to locate them. Contact the San Jacinto Police Department at (951) 654-2702.
ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED
On January 15, 2017, officers from the San Jacinto Police Department responded to a call of an attempted homicide in 500 block of Palm Avenue in San Jacinto. During the investigation, officers found an adult male and female were the victims of an attempted homicide. An unknown male suspect had entered their property and fired several rounds from a shotgun, striking the victims. The victims suffered non-life threatening wounds from the shotgun pellets.
A lengthy investigation to determine the identity of the suspect commenced. On Thursday, Feb. 16, investigators from the San Jacinto Police Department served a search warrant in the 4600 block of Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, in reference to the investigation. Riverside resident Devin Adriel Smith, 25, was located, arrested and booked into the South West Detention Center on suspicion of attempted homicide. This investigation is on-going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Janecka at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at (951) 791-3400.
CHOP SHOP FOUND IN UNINCORPORATED AREA OF HEMET
Members of the Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) task force arrested Michael Lopez, 51, in the area of Calvert and Keith avenues in the unincorporated county area of Hemet on Feb. 15. Lopez was armed with a loaded 9mm handgun and allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine. He was placed under arrest and a search warrant was served at his residence in the 33000 block of Keith Avenue. RAID determined Lopez was operating a chop shop at the location and recovered two stolen vehicles. RAID also seized 14 additional firearms and drug paraphernalia. Lopez was later booked into jail for several felony charges including felon in possession of a firearm, vehicle theft and operating a chop shop.
RAID is a multi-agency task force comprised of law enforcement personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside Police Department, Murrieta Police Department, National Insurance Crime Bureau, and the Department of Insurance. RAID investigates, arrests and prosecutes criminals responsible for Riverside County vehicle theft. Anyone with information related to vehicle theft can report anonymously to RAID at (951) 955-2770.