Grand Theft and Conspiracy


Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Robert Thomas

File # L232200107


On Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at 6:47 p.m., Elsinore Station Patrol deputies responded to the 29000 block of Hanging Rock, Lake Elsinore, regarding suspicious person on a construction site of model homes tampering with the surveillance cameras. Deputies arrived at the location and saw three males actively loading air conditioner units from the model homes into a van. All three subjects fled, and two subjects, were immediately detained. The third suspect, who fled on foot across all lanes of the I-15 freeway, was detained a short time later by deputies. The estimated value of stolen and damaged property was $20,400. Deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Special Enforcement Team and Robbery/Burglary Suppression Team assumed the investigation. The suspects were identified as 40-year-old Pedro Perez Gomez, 57-year-old Armando Lopez Fitz, and 42-year-old Jose Servin Perez, all residents of Santa Ana. All three suspects were transported and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center for charges including grand theft, conspiracy, and obstructing/delaying an officer.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Pohlman at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station (951) 245-3300.

As a reminder, “Community Policing” involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members.  Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.

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