Thousands in stolen property recovered after Murrieta vehicle burglary – Wanted felon & juvenile arrested

MURRIETA, Calif., — Authorities say an early morning vehicle burglary led to the swift arrest of a wanted felon and a juvenile after they were found and stopped within minutes of the reported theft Monday, March. 7.

The stolen property, which consisted of numerous large Milwaukee Tool crates packed with tools valued at more than $2,500, was recovered and later returned to the rightful owner.


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City of Murrieta police officers were alerted to the Las Brisas Road and Hancock Avenue area burglary around 1:40 a.m. after a victim reported that someone had just smashed his car window and stolen a large amount of property, Murrieta PD has since said of the incident and arrest.

A traffic stop conducted within minutes of a reported vehicle burglary led to the swift arrest of an adult and juvenile early Monday morning. Murrieta PD photos

Responding officers quickly located two suspects leaving the area in an SUV and stopped the pair in the area of Adams Avenue and Eastman Drive.

The driver was found to have an outstanding warrant, and he and his juvenile passenger were detained for further investigation.

During a subsequent search of the SUV, officers located the stolen property, all of which was recovered and later returned to the victim.

Based on their investigation, officers arrested both suspects.

The adult suspect was later booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center on multiple charges related to the burglary.

The juvenile passenger, whose name was not released due to his age, was later booked into Riverside County Juvenile Hall on similar charges.

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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS), which act as stringer-news providers for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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.