Suspect Arrested and Five Juveniles Detained in Rash of Burglaries
FRENCH VALLEY – An investigation into a Sunday burglary led authorities to one adult and a car load of juveniles in possession of reportedly stolen property.
In the afternoon of Sunday, April 10, 2016, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a residential burglary in the area of French Valley. When the deputies arrived, the suspects were nowhere in sight, however, a witness was able to relay vehicle description.
Approximately one hour later, a deputy located the vehicle that matched the description of the one used in the crime travelling in the area of Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Pourroy Road.
The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and one adult, Jonathan Baquiran (19) of Winchester, and five juveniles were detained. Reportedly, the officer located stolen property in the vehicle and all six subjects were transported to the Southwest Station for further investigation.
According to Sergeant Russell Hilton, further investigation revealed several items of stolen property had been pawned at businesses in the area. At about 6:15 PM, deputies were notified of another residential burglary in the same area. Property stolen from this incident was also located in the suspect vehicle.
Sergeant Hilton reports that deputies are currently working to get the stolen property back to the victims.
Baquiran was booked at Southwest Detention Center for felony charges related to the burglaries. Charges are also pending for at least two of the juveniles involved in the burglaries. Pending further investigation, the other juveniles were released to their parents at the Southwest Station.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff Department at (951) 696-3000.