The following crime incidents have been reported by the Riverside County Sheriff Department and by residents on our Eastvale News Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Eastvale CommunityNews). One of the ways our Facebook page is used is by informing the community about crimes happening in the City, so we can work together to report suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Department in order to keep crime low. Here is a recap of the local crime last month:
On Jan. 7, a City of Eastvale resident reported that someone went through their side gate to their back yard twice in one week, resulting in their dogs being let loose and a mountain bike stolen from their backyard. Another Eastvale resident suggested that they should always lock their gate to make it more difficult for burglars to come in, since this has happened several times before in Eastvale.
On Jan. 11, at 4:04 p.m., deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary in progress in the 5800 block of Hamner Avenue, in the City of Eastvale. Deputies arrived within minutes and located a male subject inside of a residence, who appeared to be gathering several pieces of property from inside the residence. Deputies made several announcements for the subject to exit the residence, but he refused. A short while later, the male subject exited the residence and attempted to flee the location. After a brief foot pursuit, the subject was apprehended while attempting to hide in the carport of a nearby residence. The suspect, Adam Barefield, 19, a transient from Eastvale, was arrested for burglary and resisting an officer as well as for an outstanding felony warrant for burglary and was later booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center.
On Jan. 13, at around 9:30 p.m., an Eastvale resident reported on our Facebook page that there were sirens in Eastvale and asked what happened. Our Social Media Department answered that there were two responses near Schleisman Avenue and Archibald Avenue. One response was for medical aid for a teenager and the other was for a report of someone who hurt themselves. We reported there was no danger to the community.
Also on Jan. 13, deputies responded to the 4000 block of Sundance Lane in the city of Norco regarding a theft of a UPS package from the residence’s front porch. The victim captured video of the theft on a home surveillance system. Deputies assigned to the city of Norco Community Oriented Police and Problem Solving (COPPS) Team conducted an investigation which resulted in identifying the suspect in the video. On Friday, Jan. 17, at 4 a.m., a search warrant was executed in the 10000 block of Gramercy Place, in the City of Riverside. As a result of the search warrant, evidence related to the theft was recovered. The suspect was identified as Angela Maria Desiderato, 31, of Riverside, who was arrested for possession of stolen property related felony arrest warrant and booked into jail at the Robert Presley Detention Center.
On Jan. 14, at 6:25 p.m., a search warrant was served by officers assigned to the city of Eastvale’s Special Enforcement Team after new information was obtained regarding an investigation for illegal residential marijuana grow operations in the City of Eastvale. During the service of this search warrant, two subjects were detained inside the residence. Officers discovered the residence had been modified for the sole purpose of cultivating, processing and packaging marijuana for sales. Officers seized 398 marijuana plants, five pounds of processed marijuana and packaging material. Additionally, electricity was being bypassed around the meter, causing a serious fire hazard and resulting in approximately $6000 a month in stolen electricity. The suspects were identified as John Tran, 27, of Los Angeles, and Vinh Tran, 26, of San Gabriel. Both were arrested for conspiracy, cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales, and grand theft of utilities and booked in jail at the Robert Presley Detention Center.
On Jan. 23, deputies assigned to the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team, assisted by the Riverside County Gang Taskforce and Probation Department, conducted a probation compliance sweep on persons residing within the city of Eastvale. During this operation, compliance checks were conducted at 30 residences, resulting in three felony arrests. During this operation, deputies seized narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia. Cynthia Gomez, 23, of Eastvale, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and violation of probation. Anthony Rodriguez, 32, of Eastvale, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and violation of probation. Ashly Hawkins, 20, of Eastvale, was arrested for possession of heroin, under the influence of a controlled substance, and violation of probation. All three subjects were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.
On Jan. 25 at Hamner Avenue and Alhambra Street between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department / Jurupa Valley Station / Norco Office conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint. While conducting a sobriety checkpoint, a driver identified as Jon Thomas, advised he had a suspended license. Upon conducting a records check of his vehicle, it returned stolen out of the City of Corona on Jan. 22. As a result of this investigation, Thomas was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant, driving on a suspended license, possession of a stolen car, possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
In addition to the arrest, 517 vehicles screened out of the 571 vehicles that went through the checkpoint, four DUI-Alcohol suspects were arrested, one DUI-Drug impaired suspect was arrested, one suspect was arrested for illegal drugs (possession/transportation/sales), two drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked, three citations were issued and one person was arrested on other Criminal Charges. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department / Jurupa Valley Station / Norco Office will be conducting another DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. in their ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.
On Jan. 30 in the 12800 block of Thornbury Lane, Eastvale at 9:30 a.m., the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant after previous investigation. During the search, Lou Zhong Wu, a suspect, was detained inside the residence. The residence had been modified for the purposes of cultivating, processing and packaging marijuana for sales. 1170 marijuana plants, 26 pounds of processed marijuana and packaging materials were seized. Electricity was bypassed around the meter, causing a serious fire hazard and resulting in $8700 a month in stolen electricity. The suspect was arrested and booked.
Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is asked to contact the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600.