Multiple Suspects Arrested in Theft Suppression Operation


Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Robert Thomas

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On Tuesday, December 20 , 2023, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s– Lake Elsinore Robbery-Burglary Suppression Team and Special Enforcement Team conducted an enforcement operation aimed at combating retail theft at a business located in the 29000 block of Central Avenue, in the city of Lake Elsinore. The purpose of the operation was to identify and arrest retail theft offenders. Deputies partnered with loss prevention staff during the operation, which resulted in the arrests of six suspects for various criminal charges. Stolen property was recovered, and criminal offenders were booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center.

The following subjects were arrested during the operation:

  • Joseph Gordon, 34-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore for shoplifting and probation violation
  • Patrick Graham, 54-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore for burglary and conspiracy
  • Lilia Navarro, 57-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore for burglary and conspiracy
  • Kellie Nelson, 41-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore for narcotics-related misdemeanor warrants
  • Robert Ruiz, 41-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore for burglary and 6 additional felony warrants
  • Ashley McMillan, 38-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore for narcotics-related misdemeanor warrants

The Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station takes all crime seriously and will continue these operations throughout the year to combat theft in the community in order to protect businesses and its customers. Anyone with information regarding the arrests associated with this operation is encouraged to contact Deputy Noel at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station, at (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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