Two Lake Elsinore residents arrested for burglary

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Two Lake Elsinore residents were arrested and booked into the Cois Bryd Detention Center for burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and possession of methamphetamine.

On October 25, deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary in progress in the 28000 block of Red Gum Drive in the county area of Lake Elsinore. Riverside Sheriff’s Aviation Unit observed and followed a vehicle leaving the location. The vehicle was occupied by two suspects, later identified as Eric Valencia, 36, and Jack DeStefano, 29, of Lake Elsinore.

When deputies attempted to pull over the vehicle, they observed the passenger throwing out a blue jacket. According to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, the jacket contained nearly an ounce of methamphetamine.

The investigation revealed both suspects had burglarized the property, according to Sergeant Javier Morando. Stolen items were located in the suspect vehicle. Further investigation revealed there were two stolen vehicles on the property. Items from the stolen vehicles were also recovered in the suspects’ vehicle, along with burglary tools.


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