UPDATE: RivCo search continuing as mischievous merry-makers – now ID’d – continue to elude capture

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. — Now named in the ongoing Riverside County search for two elusive elves who snuck into the office of the County’s top lawman – leaving a mysterious note in their wake, the slick pair of Santa’s Helpers continue to evade law enforcement efforts to track them down.

As reported exclusively by RCNS earlier this week, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco announced the search for the merry mischief-makers after discovering them in his office on Dec. 1. Before he could identify the pair of Christmas present packagers, they scampered off.


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Before the two disappeared, they left an unsigned Christmas note behind, leading to the Sheriff’s search for their identities.

In a social media release seeking the public’s help in naming the diminutive duo, Bianco explained the following:

Twas the 1st of December and in Sheriff’s Administration, the Christmas tree was up and it was time for celebration! 🎄

Sheriff Chad Bianco walked into his office and was met with a surprise: two grinning elves atop his desk. Who are these little guys?! 🤷🏻‍♂️  

He couldn’t put his finger on it, but there was something sneaky about this pair. 🤔 “Okay, you two, get outta here. You’re sitting in my chair!”  

As they pranced out of the office, they left behind a note. 📝 The Sheriff called for backup when he read what these two wrote.  

“Merry Christmas, Sheriff! We’re the elves of Riverside County. When you see the stunts we’re about to pull, you’ll probably put out a bounty.  

But never fear, our shenanigans are all just in good fun. Let’s see if you can catch us both before December’s done!” 🎅🏻🎄    

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco asked for the public’s help in naming a pair of elusive elves after the merry mischief-makers snuck into his office and left him an unsigned Christmas note earlier this week.

Bianco’s plea for assistance led to a deluge of responses from throughout the county, leading the Sheriff to officially identify the pair last night as Mary and Frank. The terms Mary and Frank are common law enforcement terms for the designation of misdemeanor (Mary) and felony (Frank) crimes. 

Popular runner-up names in an earlier RCNS write-in poll included Fella Nee and Miss d’Meanor, Stickers and Badges, and number one, with the most votes by far, Lets Go and Brandon.

Despite the county-wide search and “All Points Bulletins” being issued to all surrounding law enforcement agencies via social media, the pair have continued to elude capture.

Officials did come close to nabbing the naughty notesters after adding two of the department’s bloodhounds, K-9s “Peyton” and “Caroline”, to the search; but Mary and Frank managed to stay just out of reach from the law dogs.

They did however leave behind another Christmas note, saying Peyton and Caroline were too “slobbery” to capture them. Their note went on to playfully taunt the Sheriff, challenging him to find them.

SEE ORIGINAL STORY: Riverside County Sheriff seeks help identifying mischievous elves who snuck into office

Any guesses where these two might be headed next? Anyone with information regarding this ongoing search is encouraged to contact the Sheriff on the Riverside County Sheriff’s social media page.

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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.