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Pair Caught Allegedly Stealing AC Units From Backyard

Sheriff's deputies allegedly found the dismantled AC units in the suspects' car Tuesday as they drove out of housing tract near the 31500 block of Wintergreen Street in French Valley.

A man and woman were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing two air conditioning units from the backyard of a French Valley home, a sheriff's sergeant said.

Deputies responded at 8:03 a.m. to the 31500 block of Wintergreen Way in French Valley when a witness reported seeing suspicious activity at the home, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Jon Wade, said in a news release.

"A witness reported seeing a male suspect exit a vehicle, jump a wall into the rear yard of the residence and emerge from the rear yard a short time later carrying property," Wade said. "The witness reported that the suspects had placed the property into a waiting vehicle and fled the area. The suspect's vehicle was described as a blue Saturn 4-door vehicle."

A responding deputy stopped the Saturn as it was being driven out of the housing tract, the sergeant said.

"Inside of the vehicle the deputy could clearly see a large aluminum air conditioning coil on the rear seat of the vehicle," Wade said.

The driver, identified as Maria Rebecca Alvarez, 36, of Winchester and her boyfriend, Jarred Keith Newell, 37 of Hemet were detained while deputies investigated, he said.

"Alvarez was acting as both a lookout and the getaway driver," Wade said. "A search of the vehicle revealed both stolen air conditioning units as well as burglary tools used to dismantle the units."

Alvarez and Newell were later booked into Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of grand theft, conspiracy to commit grand theft, possession of burglary tools and violation of probation, the sergeant said.

Newell was released Tuesday on $35,000 bail and was due in court Feb. 14, 2013, jail records indicated.

Alvarez posted $5,000 bail and was released Wednesday; she was due in court Feb. 13, 2013, records showed.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation was encouraged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Southwest Patrol Station at 951-696-3000.

Brenda December 21, 2012 at 08:49 PM
If it was John and Jane Smith I would have called them white, trailer, trash, long time drugs and alcohol users by their faces who need some charges that will stick for some prison time and obviously rehab services to get them back out, taking care of their children, finding jobs and struggling along like alll the rest of us do. Ankle bracelets and drug testing randomly. Now being possibly illegal. Well if they are, charge them,lock them up like they need to be locked up, not for 2 years or an ankle bracelet for Godsake. The things criminals are getting away with now just makes me SICK. Then when they get out, ship to Mexico and if caught here again LIFE IN PRISON, on a chain gang. Problem is, we do not even have facilities for our people with drug and alcohol problems. If we do have a room somewhere its in a 20k a month place in Malibu. Not many of us can afford that unless we hawk our house that we have no value in anymore. Hmm ok that wont work. The Salvation Army and any like them are backed up a year I was told, so we have these people who want to get clean, have been ordered to get clean, that have no place to go. If we hadnt been raising all the illegals and their babies on our aid programs the last 20+ years we would still have all the rehab facilities we used to have that helped the everyday, regular, hard working citizen of the USA. I wont say I am sorry if these two are legal because the last 20 and the next 20 will probably be illegals.
Brenda December 21, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Oh yeah and that hicky on one side and tatoo on the other looks just really trashy like the cholo's dooooooooo, and ewwwww. They get special credit for putting a full ring around each others necks. Can we all say GROSS!!!!!
ginalou December 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Yes they are trash and deserve to be in jail but what makes you think they are illegal? I wonder if the old white man that molested those kids is illegal, or those two white crack head looking people that stole from our school district are illegal!
Retired Fellow December 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM
African, European, & Asian descendants in the US illegally get a free pass. Latinos several generations removed from their homeland are indiscriminately targeted by our country's most ignorant citizens.
Holly January 29, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Those were probably the losers that to my AC unit 2 weeks ago out my backyard in heritage lake! They make 50 bucks on the copper and I am out 2500! I'm soooooo mad about it! My insurance won't cover it..... Just not fair!

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