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Menifee, Temecula Pair Arrested After Allegedly Caught Red-Handed Stealing Copper

Sheriff's officials report the man and woman were "in the process" of stealing heavy gauge copper cable when a deputy spotted them in Rancho Mirage.

Loueenia Skgelstad, 43 of Menifee, and Gregory Strahl, 42 of Temecula, right.  Photos courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Loueenia Skgelstad, 43 of Menifee, and Gregory Strahl, 42 of Temecula, right. Photos courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Two people were arrested for allegedly stealing copper cable from a electrical hub in Rancho Mirage Monday.

Around 3:15 a.m., Riverside County sheriff's deputies on patrol saw a suspicious vehicle parked behind a commercial building near Bob Hope Drive and Highway 111 and arrested 42-year-old Gregory Strahl of Temecula when he tried to run from the area, sheriff Sgt. Andy Martinez said.

"The officer determined that Strahl and a female occupant of the vehicle, identified (as) Loueenia Skgelstad, 43, of Menifee, were in the process of removing heavy-gauge copper cable from within an electrical room that distributes electricity to numerous business suites within the complex," Martinez said.

Strahl and Skgelstad were arrested on suspicion of burglary and booked into the county jail in Indio.

"Copper theft is a serious offense plaguing our communities and the Rancho Mirage Police Department will maintain a high level of proactive patrols in an effort to identify and apprehend those offenders," Martinez said. 


– City News Service contributed to this report.


I'm Not a Fighter I'm a Lover February 03, 2014 at 10:25 PM
Alek and Brenda might cry a river I can't tell who is more upset, bahaha, post better comments and maybe the comment police will stay away.
ChrisG February 03, 2014 at 11:12 PM
@tiffany, I've had a family member using meth for over 10 years. She's a loser. We've tried everything to help her help herself. End of the day. Her life and her choices. It's on her. She's had more chances, more opportunities than anyone deserves. Same with these two losers I bet. You think this was their first robbery?
john blackwood February 04, 2014 at 05:21 AM
Hahaha Brenda dont lie you know your name cant be hacked maybe its your evil twin that wants to come out of the closet.
wolfcreek February 04, 2014 at 10:27 AM
When the Patch goes out of business some of you people will be left with lots of time on your hands
Joe Rubalcava February 04, 2014 at 10:34 AM
stealing is a crime no matter how you look at it.and they got caught doing that.they need money there are legal ways to get it. if they need a place to be warm to sleep there are legal ways to get that. some of you self righteous people want to accused them ofbeing a drug addict. what do you look like at 330 or 4 o'clock in the morning proably not much better than they look
scott hunter February 04, 2014 at 10:59 AM
I went to school with Greg back in the day and I can assure you that he is on something by the looks of this pic. Too bad cause he was very likeable and witty.Something like stealing copper would not have gotten a second thought from him back in the day. Tweak and tweakers suck!
ChrisG February 04, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Meth is the most evil of all drugs. It easily gets a hold of people and completely changes who they are.
Dee February 04, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Why did they let the editors of the patch go? And how many did they go?
ChrisG February 04, 2014 at 12:12 PM
@dee, they are restructuring. My guess is you will see a lot of individual match site get combined. I'm betting Temecula, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta will get combined into one. I am already noticing a lot of the articles are linked between patches based upon the comments. That is better I think.
Dee February 04, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Thank you!
Jeff Kleiner February 04, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Ok all.......I am having someone prosecuted for impersonating me, why in hell would I go down that road? It would be the stupidest thing in the world to do and really hurt my case. But I am laughing.......
southernbelle February 04, 2014 at 01:10 PM
@Joe, your comment is false. it just so happens I look quite smashing at 3-4 in the morning!!! *fluffs hair and bats eyelashes* There is a documentary on Netflix about Meth. it's INSANE to see what this drug--which I'm always hesitant to even call it a drug, it ought to be called chemical warfare! you can also google (if at all interested) images and see the destruction it does to a person in just a few yrs. There are no old meth addicts. Meth addiction is recorded to be between 5-20 yrs before death occurs, depending on the level of addiction. @Jeff, whoever did that to Brenda & Steve (saw a few other troll ID's last night) is way crossing the line. My Yahoo ID was hacked into and password changed yesterday and I almost thought I was going to be a victim too. thankfully not. Anyway--we don't all have to like each other or what each says, thinks or feels, and using a little satire, and even a little harmless trolling from time to time, isn't a big deal--but there is a level of respect that shouldn't be crossed. whoever did it needs to bow out.
Infidel Jones February 04, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Brenda, Brenda, Brenda, how about me Jan?
Dee February 04, 2014 at 02:04 PM
Southern belle, absolutely! We should be able to express our opinions on this forum without getting hit below the belt. Being devious by hacking is downright cowardly. There's no need for that. If you meanies don't stop, I'll ruin your salacious comments by quoting bible scriptures that will expose your evil darkness and lusts for all sorts of idolatries. I believe some so enjoy tearing people apart verbally. Does it send a thrill up your leg???
kristin c February 04, 2014 at 03:17 PM
@tiffany.. I have an alcoholic brother. If it acts like a duck... my guess is you're codependent and an enabler to your both freak relative.
Mamaw714 February 04, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Look up his record and what he's gone to prison for before, (recently and repeatedly) then figure out if you believe he's just down and out, instead on a self destruct path that won't stop.
kristin c February 04, 2014 at 03:36 PM
Alec take a chill pill. The great thing about America is you can make as much money as you want without having to give it to the government. Well, it is getting harder to child on to your money because the more you make the more you pay the government. Sounds like to me you gave a case of the jealousies. Wall street, banks and wealthy people don't owe you a dimeso move to a socialist or communist country if you want to be taken care of.
Becky Honkington February 04, 2014 at 04:08 PM
I, too, went to high school with Greg. He was a dealer of drugs even then (late 80's).
southernbelle February 04, 2014 at 05:31 PM
not sure who deleted the trolls comments but I got an email of him stating that I am Brenda. what a dumbs--if he had even half a brain he would see that Brenda and I have discussions, disagreements, etc frequently. We type different, express ourselves differently, talk differently-etc. Shows how much you know. And yes--my Yahoo ID DID get hacked and password changed.
Steve Newman February 04, 2014 at 06:07 PM
southernbelle there is a lot of that going around- his line is Red Flag boy- nothing but class around here- they should have to pay for this- that would cut out the loons.
TVOR February 04, 2014 at 06:40 PM
Too bad these two were not found smoldering on the ground.
Joe Rubalcava February 05, 2014 at 12:17 AM
southernbell I bet you do look quite smashing at 3 or 4 in the morning, it's probably because you just got home from a late night out or you just got ready for work. We'll at least someone can look smashing at that time of the morning
southernbelle February 05, 2014 at 11:24 AM
oh dear Joe, you really must quit while you're behind…heehehehe. you keep assuming silly things and you keep being completely wrong. Is this a pattern for you--if so, it can cause you a lot of unnecessary conflict in life. Let me do you a huge favor--stop. *wink* have a great day! *smile*
Joe Rubalcava February 05, 2014 at 04:14 PM
southernbelle sounds like your letting your imagination go wild flattering yourself by assuming something that don't exist. People that assume thing are generally wrong, like you are. Quit flattering yourself and come down to earth. Your the one that made the first silly comment, about my first post
southernbelle February 05, 2014 at 06:53 PM
huh?? Joe, I don't understand your comment? What am I assuming??? flattering myself?? Of course I made a silly comment--it's called humor. Maybe you didn't understand my comment? My point was that you were assuming I was coming in late or going to work--you were wrong so I said so. *shrug* no big deal. Just that you were showing a pattern of presumption in your comments so I offered some friendly advice. sorry I upset you.
DENISE February 10, 2014 at 09:24 PM
THEY SHOULD BE FINED 10 TIMES THE AMOUNT THEY WERE STEALING PLUS A HEAVY ADMINISTRATIVE FEE ..THE CRIMINALS MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THEY MUST PAY NOT THE TAX PAYER.
ChrisG February 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM
@denise, you could fine them the national debt. Take a close look at the photos. How much do you think they have?
T 22 February 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM
i don't see them paying anything. Pretty sure, that's why they were stealing. I do understand your point though, Denise
ChrisG February 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Jail time then community service wearing hot pink jumpsuits. An alternative would be to put them in room full of an unlimited supply of drugs and let them off themselves.
Mike Mueller February 12, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Unfortunately people like this will never be able to pay back their debt to society. They are on public assistance or hold sporadic jobs. The only way they can pay back their debt is with community service - hundreds, if not thousands of hours over a life time.

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