Now driving a Sheriff’s armored rescue vehicle, RivCo search for elusive elves continuing

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif., — With Christmas quickly approaching, and Santa Clause needing all the help he can get back at the North Pole, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco is continuing to seek the public’s assistance in locating two mischievous elves who continue to elude capture.

The elusive elves, now identified as Mary and Frank, came to the Sheriff’s attention after the pair managed to sneak into his office and leave the first of several merrily-mysterious notes. The taunting and hilarious Christmas pun-filled poems have only served to further push the County’s top lawman to put more effort and resources into the ongoing search – which to date has included both ground and air searches, as well as the use of trained department bloodhounds – and have touched all areas of the State’s third-largest county.


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In their first note discarded in the Sheriff’s office on Dec. 1, the elves left behind an unsigned poem leading to Bianco’s initial request for the public’s help in identifying the pair.

Later K-9’s “Peyton” and “Caroline”, two Riverside County Sheriff’s bloodhounds, were nearly able to track down the hilarious Christmas helpers; however the pair managed to stay just out of range of the dog’s highly-trained sniffers.

Soon, new confirmed sightings came in from the Sheriff’s emergency dispatch center and later at the Sheriff’s training academy at Ben Clark Training Center. (All of the Sheriff’s BOLO’s and sighting updates can be seen below.)

After eluding a pair of Sheriff’s bloodhounds earlier this month, a pair of Santa’s supposed helpers last night managed to abscond with one of the department’s armored rescue vehicles.

Explaining their most recent antics, Sheriff Bianco last night said the mischievous merry-makers have absconded with one of the department’s large armored rescue vehicles, and continue to wreak havoc everywhere they are seen. The Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, also known as an MRAP, is used by the department’s SWAT members during critical incidents; and the Sheriff is anxious to get the enormous vehicle back before Santa’s supposed helpers cause it, or anything else, any actual damage.

To make matters more difficult, reports of sightings of the diabolic duo have flooded in from around the world, leaving the Sheriff and other officials confused as to how the pair of present packagers seem to be managing to be everywhere, at all times.

Contacted for further details about the pair’s apparent special powers, Santa has remained silent; refusing to explain just how Mary and Frank can get around so quickly and elude capture so easily.

However, one North Pole local – a reindeer with a peculiarly bright and shiny red nose who requested to remain anonymous – told RCNS today that the pair could be misusing special powers granted to them by the big jolly man himself.


Riverside County Sheriff seeks help identifying mischievous elves who snuck into office

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

In a social media post last night pleading for Riverside County area residents to continue to be on the lookout, Bianco wrote the following:

We woke up this morning, and NOT to our surprise, was another stunt pulled by these 2 little guys.

SWAT came in to work and their MRAP was gone.

Stealing trucks, Frank & Mary? Now that’s just plain wrong!

Something strange tells us they are heading quite far, but where will we find them? Will it be where YOU are?

Make sure to keep us posted if you spot these crazy elves. We need to wrangle them up before they end up on your shelves!

(*MRAP = Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle)

Bianco has said that his deputies will continue their search and that they will not relent until the erratic elves are apprehended and returned to their frosty home to the north.

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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.