Monday, May 16, 2016

Mail Theft Arrests in Temecula

Posted by CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - On Thursday, May 12, 2016, officers assigned to the Temecula Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) team were on proactive patrol and contacted two individuals that were exiting a vehicle in the 41000 block of Moreno Rd.  While speaking with the individuals, later identified as 25 year-old Jacob Bertino and 29 year-old  Ashley Lawrence, they determined that Bertino was on parole from the California Department of Corrections.
Jacob BertinoAshley Lawrence
A search of the vehicle revealed an extensive amount of stolen mail, credit cards, personal checks, ATM cards, items used in fraud, California Identification and Driver’s License cards, and methamphetamine.  Officers will be contacting victims as the investigation unfolds.  Bertino and Lawrence were booked into the Southwest Detention Center for identity theft, possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, and committing a felony while on bail.
We would like to encourage residents, and business owners to partner with the Department to help prevent crimes of theft by reducing the opportunity.  There are certain practices and behaviors that are deterrents to many crimes of opportunity.
  • Please remember to securely lock doors and windows to homes and vehicles to prevent easy access by unauthorized persons.
  • Consider installing motion-detector lighting systems for the exterior of homes and businesses.
  • Do not leave keys, purses, wallets, or other valuables exposed in unoccupied or parked vehicles.
  • Report suspicious persons and vehicles you observe in your neighborhood.
  • Handle your personal and financial information and/or documents with security in mind.
  • Report any crimes to the police department as soon as you reasonably can. 
The Temecula Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a high quality of life and encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity they observe.  Anyone with questions about this investigation can contact Officer Orlando Vigil of the Temecula Police Department at (951) 696-3000.
Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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