Theft investigation leads to gang member’s arrest – Stolen vehicle & other property recovered

COACHELLA, Calif., — Authorities say an ongoing Coachella valley theft investigation led to the search warrant-related arrest of a local felon and documented gang member Saturday morning, July 17.

A stolen vehicle and other stolen property were recovered during the service of the pair of this weekend’s warrants, according to officials.

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At around 7 a.m., deputies assigned to the Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT), with the assistance of the Southern Coachella Valley Community Service District Team (SCVCSDT), served a search warrant at two residences in the 84-100 block of Calendula, and the 84-400 block of Avenue 52, Sergeant Mariano Matos III has since reported.

The search warrant stemmed from a theft investigation CCAT was conducting, according to the Sergeant.

Eddy Flores, 23, was arrested after a pair of Coachella search warrants uncovered a stolen vehicle and other stolen property. RSO photo

“During the search warrant service, stolen property and a stolen vehicle were recovered,” Matos explained; adding, “Documented gang member Eddy Flores, 23 of Coachella, was arrested for theft, burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, two felony warrants for being a parolee at large and possession of a stolen vehicle and two misdemeanor warrants for theft and narcotic possession.”

Flores was booked into the John Benoit Detention Center in the city of Indio and online jail records indicate he remains in custody, where he is being held without bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Indio Larson Justice Center on July 21.

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Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Ruiz with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (760) 863-8990, or Crime Stoppers at (760)341-STOP (7867). Callers can refer to incident file number Y211750048 and can remain anonymous.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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