Over the past several weeks, there has been increase in vehicle thefts and attempted vehicle thefts in the Murrieta Valley. The Murrieta Police Department Special Enforcement Team (SET) began investigating the thefts and collected information regarding a location involved the dismantling of stolen vehicles and the sales of their parts, commonly known as a “chop shop.”
On 9/19/17 the Murrieta Police Department SET team with the assistance of the Gang Task Force (GTF), Riverside Auto theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) and the Parole and Probation Compliance Team (PACT) conducted a search warrant at a residence located on the 21300 block of Loquat Street in Wildomar.
During the search warrant, 15 subjects were located on the property. The remnants of a stolen Ford truck was located on the property as well as additional stolen property and paraphernalia to make fraudulent checks. Of the 15 subjects contacted, 13 were arrested.
The following subjects were contacted at the location and a records check conducted on each. Reuel Westfall was found to be on parole for assault and had an outstanding felony warrant for possession of stolen property. Mr. Westfall had an extensive criminal history dating back 18 years with convictions for stolen vehicles, burglary, fraud and narcotics.
William Landford was found to have a criminal history dating back 19 years with convictions for burglary, stolen vehicles, narcotics and weapons. Jeremy Dods had a criminal history dating back nine years with convictions for narcotics, burglary tools and conspiracy.
James Illies was found to be on parole for burglary and convictions for fraud and narcotics. Alexis Wilkerson was found to be on parole for burglary with convictions for burglary and narcotics.
Melissa Unger was found to have two felony warrants for her arrest for possession of a stolen car and narcotics. Kimberly Bozich was found to have a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest.
Sarah Farrington was found to have six misdemeanor warrants for her arrest. Jacob Jobgen had a felony warrant for his arrest as well as an extensive criminal history for burglary and fraud. Christopher Smith had three misdemeanor warrants for his arrest.
Rhiannon Alvarado was found to have two separate probations for vehicle theft. Tyler Pearman was also found to be on two separate probations for theft with prior convictions.
Thirteen people were arrested and transported to the Murrieta Police Department. Two additional subjects were contacted and released at the scene.
Ultimately, 11 subjects were booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center. Two were transported to the hospital and released with a notice to appear.
Press Release Provided By the Murrieta Police Department