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Pair Accused of Stuffing Electronics in Backpacks at Murrieta Walmart

After a short foot pursuit early Friday, police arrested Rafael Hernandez of Wildomar and Jacob Jobgen of Canyon Lake on suspicion of burglary from Walmart in Murrieta.

Jacob Jobgen (left) and Rafael Hernandez (right) are suspected of stealing electronics from Walmart in Murrieta, Jan. 3, 2014. (Booking photos/Riverside County Sheriff's Department)
Jacob Jobgen (left) and Rafael Hernandez (right) are suspected of stealing electronics from Walmart in Murrieta, Jan. 3, 2014. (Booking photos/Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

Two men suspected of stealing about $800 worth of electronics early Friday from Walmart in Murrieta were quickly apprehended, a police sergeant said.

At 5:52 a.m. Friday, officers responded to Walmart, 41200 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, when an assistant manager reported he had watched the alleged burglary take place via surveillance cameras, according to Murrieta police Sgt. Jay Froboese.

“He picked up on this on security cameras...he caught them at 5:52 a.m. as they were walking out the door,” Froboese said.

The suspects allegedly ran from arriving officers, resulting in a short foot pursuit across Madison Avenue.

Officers spotted the suspects near Big Lots before they allegedly ran across Madison to Mega Tom’s Burgers, where they were taken into custody, the sergeant said.

The suspects were identified as Jacob Jobgen, 18, of Canyon Lake and Rafael Hernandez, 21, of Wildomar.

Sheriff’s records showed they were booked at Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of second-degree burglary and resisting arrest. Both remained behind bars as of Friday afternoon and were tentatively due in court Tuesday.

Jobgen was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail because also allegedly violated his probation.

Hernandez was additionally jailed on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and needed to post $5,000 bond in order to be released.

Froboese said that although officers respond to reports of shoplifting from Walmart on almost a daily basis, suspects should think twice.

“The entire store is covered by surveillance 24 hours a day,” Froboese said. “The provide excellent, high-quality surveillance so it is extremely unwise to commit burglary there.”

Justice For All January 03, 2014 at 08:11 PM
Hey, Rafael... you got a little somthin' on your chin. lol
Mike January 03, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Walked into a door?
Philip rivers January 03, 2014 at 09:14 PM
Parents must be very proud of them..Not
LBV Collins January 04, 2014 at 10:23 AM
No, no no, Mike... He cut himself while shaving.
SA January 04, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Being stupid should hurt … I think that is jailhouse excitement on his chin …
Steve Newman January 04, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Tripped on a Mega Toms Burger-run through was closed.
Brenda February 04, 2014 at 12:07 PM
LOLOL, you guys are too funny!! JUSTICE! Where are you? Been awhile. I think they are two little punks and they could not out run the cops, fell flat on his flat face.

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