Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Burglary investigation locates missing dynamite

Riverside, Ca- A Riverside Police Department burglary investigation turned up two sticks of dynamite linked to a may theft from a Big Bear mining company, among other items in a room full of suspected stolen property, Tuesday morning in Mira Loma, Riverside County.

The investigation began at about 4:30 pm., Monday, October 2, when Canyon Crest Towne Center employees took note of a suspicious female attempting to burglarize cars at the shopping center. When the suspect noticed she was being watched, the woman got into a vehicle driven by a male whom the Towne Center personnel said they recognized as a burglary suspect from previous contact. The employees contacted Riverside Police.

On Tuesday morning, about 10 a.m., Riverside Police officers conducted a probation search at the stated residence of Michael Lee GRAYOT, 23, in the 5500-block of Beach Street, Mira Loma. Investigators discovered a room full of televisions, stereos, computers and other electronic equipment, a small amount of drugs, pieces of weaponry, a belt of approximately 100 rounds of military machine gun tracer ammunition and two sticks of dynamite.

Technical services units (bomb squads) from both Riverside Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office responded and the scene was determined to be safe. The dynamite was turned over to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). The sticks appear to be from the small amount of outstanding materials from among 500 pounds of dynamite that was stolen from the Gold Mountain Mine Co. of Big Bear City, CA, sometime between May 1 and May 3, 2006. Most of the dynamite was dropped off at Riverside and Moreno Valley fire stations in early May; a suspect is in custody for the Big Bear theft.

It is not known at this time how the Grayot, the Canyon Crest-Mira Loma suspect, came to be in possession of the dynamite. The investigation continues. Grayot is still at large.