2 Arrested When Murrieta Police Respond to Gas Siphoning

Two suspects taken into custody on auto theft, methamphetamine charges when Murrieta police respond to a report of gas siphoning.

A person allegedly seen siphoning gas on a neighborhood street led to the arrest of two people on suspicion of drug and auto theft charges early Tuesday in Murrieta, according to police.

Robert Maitland Zinsley, 43, of Manhattan Beach and Timothy Hans Sorensen, 40, of Wildomar were taken into custody shortly after the apparent theft of gasoline was reported in the 39000 block of Avenida Migeul Oeste, Murrieta police Sgt. Don Weller stated in a news release.

Murrieta officers responded at 1:04 a.m. Tuesday to the neighborhood just east of Interstate 215 and south of Los Alamos Road after receiving a report that a person was seen underneath a vehicle removing gasoline.

The person, later identified as Zinsley, was allegedly seen "walking into a residence with the gas container in hand," Weller said. "Upon the officers' arrival, the subject fled on foot and into the residence. Officers made contact with six subjects inside of the residence and detained them pending a further investigation." 

Zinsley was on probation for assault in Los Angeles County, which allowed him to be searched, Weller said it was revealed when a computer check was ran.

A search was conducted and Zinsley was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine.

Further, with the assistance of a Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (R.A.I.D.) investigator, Weller said a check of several motocross bikes in the home's garage was conducted. 

Two of the motocross bikes came back as stolen: one allegedly from Wildomar and the other from Albuquerque, N.M.

It was also determined that the vehicle Zinsley was suspected of siphoning gas from had been reported stolen from Menifee.

A travel trailer on the property was checked but did not have any identifiable numbers or information, according to Weller; however, it was confiscated for further investigation by R.A.I.D.

Zinsley was arrested on suspicion of possession of: a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and a stolen motor vehicle. He was booked at Southwest Detention Center near Murrieta and later released on $5,000 bail.

Sorensen, who was among those contacted in the Avenida Miguel Oste residence, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine. He was released on $25,000 bail.

"The other four subjects at the residence were identified and released at the scene without further incident," Weller stated.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation was encouraged to call 951-696-3615 and ask for the on-duty watch commander. Tips may also be provided anonymously through “We Tip” at 1-800-78-CRIME.    

"This investigation is a prime example of how the citizens of our community and the police can work together in order to reduce the amount of crime in our city," Weller said. "In addition, we’d like to encourage our citizens to contact the Murrieta Police Department at 951-696-3615, if they witness any suspicious persons or vehicles in their neighborhood so that it can be investigated."

robin hood March 06, 2013 at 09:46 AM
boys gone wild
robin hood March 06, 2013 at 09:47 AM
these are nice boys innocent untell proven guilty
JJ Mclure March 06, 2013 at 02:27 PM
why is the bail so low....what a joke
Alek J Hidell March 06, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Since the housing bubble collapsed, we have a lot more renters in Murrieta, and sometimes they turn out to be low-life tweekers and thieves. They are parasites upon our community of helmeted kids going to school and housewives/retirees walking their dogs. It's not being nosy to report unplated or unregistered cars, bikes or trailers.... or drug activity. It is being watchful over the quality of life which we still have here. We don't want to see it degrade any further.
SA March 06, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Robin: I am sure the MPD did not put a hose in the perps’ mouth to bust them for larceny. Nonetheless, you are correct in regards to “proven guilty” … The brilliant part of this is that the car that they were siphoning from was stolen… Classic Darwin Awards ….
American Right March 06, 2013 at 06:55 PM
The MPD is doing their best to deal with the scum that is migrating into Murrieta, Report all scum.
Baby Daddy March 06, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Tweekers are the real Zombie Apocalypse, eating away at the core of small (and big) towns across the U.S. This is one of the biggest issues facing the country today as it leads to much crime and devious behaviour. It's only a matter of time before Wildomar infiltrates the Gem o' da Valley : (
Alek J Hidell March 06, 2013 at 11:41 PM
I'm sure their landlord has a surprise for them=EVICTION meth vampires out of Murrieta, we know your faces now....
LBV Collins March 07, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Kudos to the alert citizen who called MPD, and kudos to the MPD for their excellent investigative work. (I must say, though, that I'm shocked that Zinsley's bail was set at only $5,000. That seems a bit low for an alleged thief and meth possessor.)
American Right March 07, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Most tweakers own illegal weapons. This is why law abiding citizens need better weapons than criminals. I will NEVER forfeit my AK 47, AR 15, or my 30 round clips
kristin c March 07, 2013 at 06:01 AM
This behavior is a product of a Godless society... people are fighting so hard to getcrid of God, the alternative is the devil.
Alas March 07, 2013 at 06:31 AM
American Right has watched Rambo a few too many times
LBV Collins March 07, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Hi Kristin. Polls taken just last year don't support your claim that we're living in a godless society. A Gallup poll taken last June shows that 89 percent of Americans believe in God. Only 11 percent don't. [1] In fact, the belief in God is so strong in America, "...46% hold creationist view of human origins." [2] Given these statistics, it could be argued that the behavior is not the product of a godless society, but the opposite: it's the result of a deeply religious one. 1. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/06/21-charts-that-explain-american-values-today/258990/ 2. http://www.gallup.com/poll/155003/Hold-Creationist-View-Human-Origins.aspx
LBV Collins March 07, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Good morning, AR. I'm trying to remember... who is it that is taking away your assault weapons? And which law is it that demands, "Give me your weapons... and especially those high-capacity magazines!" And before you accuse me of being a liberal, please understand that I believe you should be allowed to own your assault weapon. (Though, personally, I think you stand a much better chance of protecting yourself from an intruder in your home with a handgun rather than an unwieldy rifle. Unless, or course, you plan to sit atop your roof and shoot trespassers from afar.)
colleen March 08, 2013 at 05:32 PM
this is funny,, a family member HAD a fall in w/meth, never had money, but when he got arrested his bail waz $250.000., his friends call the bail bonds and they only need $250.00. so off his friends go to the Casino, Bam, he's out in 2 hours so much for tough love they take a hit, and blow out a piece of their soul each time. if you keep loving them(from afar) God will take care of them..
me March 12, 2013 at 05:30 AM
I think everyone forgets why Meth is on the streets in the first place & how hard it is to find work right now. It's not easy for the one's who have money to live but think of the people that don't have that money & much harder it is for them to live up to ur standards or live period. & just so u know merrieta is not that great innocent place as u think.
Anita Beer March 28, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Woodman March 28, 2013 at 08:18 PM
You DO need a beer!
Woodman March 28, 2013 at 08:18 PM
You DO need a beer!
Woodman March 28, 2013 at 08:18 PM
You DO need a beer!


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