CRIME BRIEFS – May 18, 2017

Victim’s daughter recovers mother’s stolen purse

Juveniles were detained and a stolen purse recovered after several youths ran into a residential garage, snatched a purse and ran off into the night. The theft occurred in the 900 block of Mayberry Avenue in Hemet.
The daughter of the victim reportedly chased down a group of six to eight juveniles that ran into an open garage and stole a purse that was left unattended. The purse was recovered before officers arrived.
According to an officer at the scene, although the victim’s daughter managed to recover her mother’s stolen purse neither the victim nor any of the witnesses were able to positively identify any of the detained juveniles as being involved in the burglary and theft.
Anyone with information about this incident or who knows any of those involved in the alleged theft is encouraged to contact Hemet police at 951-765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.

Short pursuit ends with one in custody for DUI

A man was arrested for DUI and evading police after he led police on an early morning pursuit on Mother’s Day, according to a report by Riverside County News Source. The incident lasted less than five minutes and officers later determined the driver had permission from the registered owner to drive the car. He was booked into jail on suspicion of DUI and evading.
The incident began on Devonshire Avenue, just before 2 a.m., when a Hemet police officer spotted a vehicle taking off from the area at a high rate of speed. The officer quickly caught up to the fleeing vehicle, but the driver failed to yield and ran a stop sign. Officers immediately began a plan to intercept him.
But just one minute into what started as a high speed pursuit, officers updated that the chase had dropped to only one mph – the driver however, continued without stopping.
As the Riverside County Sheriff’s aviation unit circled overhead, officers on the ground conducted a felony stop and had the suspect in custody at 2:03 a. m., just four minutes after the pursuit started.
There were no reported injuries related to the pursuit; the car was returned to the registered owner.

Child found wandering along Gilman Springs Road

On April 26, at approximately 5 p.m., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Hemet Station, received a call regarding a report of a child found wandering alone, shoes on the wrong feet. The reporting party found a female child on Gilman Springs Road and walked her back to her residence. Deputies responded to the residence, located in the 34000 block of Gilman Springs Road, to check on the child’s welfare.
Investigators interviewed the child’s parents and other siblings at the residence. It appears the child exited the residence while her mother was tending to an infant sibling.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Investigator Amber Fransik at 951-791-3400. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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