Thursday morning shortly before 10:00 am, officers were patrolling in the area of the Canyon Springs shopping centers due to a recent vehicle burglary series occurring at the local fitness gyms. They were aware of a suspect vehicle observed on video in at least 5 of these burglaries.
They conducted surveillance around the LA Fitness parking lot, in the 2600 block of Canyon Springs Parkway, when they saw the suspect vehicle pull into the parking lot. The officers contacted the driver who was found to be on probation for burglary.
Officers located stolen property in the suspect’s vehicle, a white and gray Hyundai Santa Fe. They were able to identify victims of recent vehicle burglaries at this gym parking lot, as well as one in Moreno Valley.
During a search at the suspect’s residence in the 100 block of Appletree Lane in Perris, even more stolen property was found. The suspect also later admitted to burglarizing cars at the gym parking lots, taking purses, sunglasses, watches, cellphones and chargers, and other small items. He would use a window punch to break the car windows, which was located hidden in his car.
Oscar Mandujano Quinonez, 31-years-old of Perris, was arrested and later booked into jail for vehicle burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property, and probation violations.
Fitness gym parking lots are a favorite spot for criminals because they pose a tremendous opportunity for them. To help lessen your chances of becoming a victim, make sure your vehicle is locked with all the windows completely rolled up.
If you do need to bring any type of valuables with you, make sure to place them in your trunk or secured area of your vehicle before you arrive and park. Consider parking in another business parking lot and walking a little farther to the gym.
If anyone has information regarding vehicle burglaries in the LA Fitness parking lots in Riverside, you can contact Detective Shawn DeGruy at (951) 826-5376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Release Provided By the Riverside Police Department