Vehicle burglary suspects arrested at Mt. Rubidoux
Riverside, Ca- In the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 16, 2007, Riverside Police Department personnel from the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Team and detectives initiated surveillance around the base of Mt. Rubidoux. The city mountain park just west of downtown is a popular area for walkers and joggers in the early morning hours. Officers were responding to a recent rash of vehicle break-ins in the area and gathered team members for a large-scale surveillance.
At about 9:32 a.m., officers in their surveillance position observed a suspect break into a vehicle, remove a purse and attempt to flee the area. The suspect, Carlos BRAVO, 21, of Riverside, was arrested on Glenwood Drive near San Andres Avenue, at the base of Mt Rubidoux. Bravo was accompanied by Maile CALLOW, 19, of Riverside, who was also arrested.
Follow-up investigation led Police officers to the suspects’ current residence in the 4200-block of Dewey Street. There, investigators located stolen property linked to at least 10 identified victims of a vehicle burglary while parked at or near the base of Mt Rubidoux during the month of January. Some of the stolen property has been returned to rightful owners as the investigation continues. Detectives are also investigating blank and apparently forged checks they located at the residence.
Bravo was booked for vehicle burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and probation violation. Callow was booked for vehicle burglary, possession of stolen property, and being under the influence of drugs.
Detectives have determined that many of these burglaries are crimes of opportunity. The public is reminded to remain vigilant and help police as co-producers of public safety by using smart strategies. “Harden the target” by not leaving valuable items in plain view when parking a vehicle. Be discrete about stowing valuables and locking them in the trunk of vehicles.