Two Los Angeles men suspected of breaking into a trailer parked outside a Menifee-area home early Saturday who were quickly apprehended may also be linked to other recent burglaries in the area, according to a sheriff's news release.
Deputies from the Southwest Sheriff's Station responded at 4:19 a.m. Saturday to a residence in the 29400 Block of Pyrite Street—in unincorporated Menifee near the city of Murrieta border—regarding a report of a vehicle burglary at that location, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin McDonald stated.
"The victim noticed an unknown male standing next to a locked trailer in the victim's driveway," McDonald stated. "The victim went outside to investigate and the subject ran to a dark-colored van and fled the area. The victim checked his trailer and discovered it had been broken into and property was missing."
Deputies reportedly located a van fitting the description given by the victim a short time later in the parking lot of Ampm at 33070 Antelope Road in Murrieta.
They detained the two occupants of the van, who were later identified as Christopher Fonseca, 37, and Roberto Campos, 32, both of Los Angeles.
"Sheriff investigators responded to assist with the investigation and were able to link stolen property inside of the van to several other previously undiscovered burglaries from the same area," McDonald stated.
Fonseca and Campos were arrested and booked into Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of the burglary charges.
Fonseca, who was allegedly driving with a suspended license, was released the same day on $5,000 bail, sheriff's jail records show.
Campos remained behind bars Monday on no bail, as an out-of-county warrant was discovered upon his arrest, records indicated.
An investigation into the pair was continuing; anyone with additional information was encouraged to contact Investigator Dickey at the Southwest Station at 951-696-3000.