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Lake Elsinore man arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary

Police say Duane Blunt is responsible for a string of commercial burglaries in Lake Elsinore. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department photo.

On November 2, at 8:20 p.m., deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station responded to the 31000 block of Grape Street regarding a commercial burglary.

Upon arrival, deputies saw a subject inside the Wells Fargo Bank. The subject was identified as 42-year-old Duane Blunt of Lake Elsinore. Upon contact with Blunt, deputies located evidence linking Blunt to the burglary, according to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department.

Blunt was arrested and booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center for commercial burglary charges. Deputies authored a bail enhancement, which was later approved by a judge to increase Blunt’s bail to $1,000,000. 

Police say Blunt was responsible for multiple thefts in the Lake Elsinore area. On October 20, Blunt was arrested for several counts of commercial burglary dating from October 13 to October 20.  A bail enhancement was authored and approved by a judge for $500,000. Blunt was released after two days and was arrested on an additional crime of possession of a stolen vehicle on October 26. He was booked and released on that charge.

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