(Crime Watch – September 20)
Agricultural Theft and Search Warrant Service – Incident Date: 06/28/2019
On September 18, 2019, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Thermal Station Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District, served a search warrant in the unincorporated area of Mecca. This operation was initiated by an agricultural theft that occurred on June 28, 2019. The thefts totaled $1,500 in Brown Turkey Figs and $450 in plastic crates unique to the ranch they were stolen from. Thermal Station Agricultural Liaison deputy assumed the investigation and identified the suspect as Edgar Cazares Castillo, 24 of Mecca. Deputies then wrote a search warrant for his residence. Castillo was taken into custody at the Thermal Station. Castillo was charged with Grand theft and Agricultural Grand theft. Castillo was booked at Indio Jail.
Any information please contact the Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District at (760)863-8990.
DUI Traffic Collision – Incident Date: 09/17/19
On September 17, 2019, at 10:55 p.m., Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Palm Desert Station responded to a single vehicle traffic collision in the 70600 block of Highway 111, within the city of Rancho Mirage. Deputies determined a blue Honda sedan traveling eastbound on Highway 111 veered off the roadway and collided with a palm tree. The driver of the Honda, Jorge Casas, age 34 of Palm Desert, was determined to have been operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Jorge Casas was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for driving under the influence.
Any information please contact Deputy Nicole Wilhite from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 760-836-1600, or Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP (7867).
Narcotics Sales – Incident Date: 09-16-2019
On Monday, September 16, 2019, at 9:12 PM, deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s station responded to the area of Scrivener Street X Graham Avenue, in the city of Lake Elsinore, reference reports of a Green BMW driving erratically.
Deputies arrived and located a Green BMW driving in the area and performed a vehicle stop. The driver of the BMW, Richard Cooley, age 39, a resident of Wildomar was on Felony probation for receiving stolen property. Deputies searched his vehicle in accordance with his probation terms and located 11.5 grams of heroin, 5.9 grams of methamphetamine, packaging, an airsoft pistol and other items common with the sales of narcotics.
Richard Cooley was arrested and booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center on the charges of transportation for sales of methamphetamine and heroin, as well as violation of probation.
Any information please call Deputy Frey at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station at (951) 245-3300 or Riverside County Sheriff’s dispatch at (951) 776-1099.
DUI Single Vehicle Traffic Collision – Incident Date: September 16, 2019
On September 16, 2019, at 12:05 AM, Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies assigned to the city of La Quinta, responded to a non-injury single vehicle traffic collision at Eisenhower Dr. and Calle Tampico in the city of La Quinta. During the investigation, deputies determined alcohol and drugs were a factor. The driver, Ramon Ruiz, 20 of La Quinta, was arrested for driving under the influence. Ruiz was booked at the Riverside County Jail in Indio.
Any information please contact Deputy M. Scott at the Thermal Sheriff’s Station (760) 863-8990 or Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch (760) 836-8348.
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