Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release
  Date Thursday, June 14, 2007
  Contact Detective Kevin Townsend
  Phone (951)826-5225

Four burglars arrested

Riverside, Ca- Four suspects are in custody, stemming from a residential burglary in the Northside neighborhood of Riverside on May 14, 2007. A window of a residence in the 3100-block of Spring Garden Street was forced open and numerous items were stolen from the home. Items stolen were later sold for cash.

This burglary occurred at about 11 a.m. on a Monday, which followed a pattern of other daytime burglaries in Riverside and other jurisdictions. In each case, a person knocked on the victimís door to make sure no one was home. The burglars then entered. Several people in the Northside neighborhood witnessed various aspects of this crime, thought the suspectís actions were suspicious, but did not call the police.

Initial investigation by the responding Patrol Officer provided North Neighborhood Policing Center Detectives Kevin Townsend and Brian Smith with leads on a series of residential burglaries they had been investigating. On May 16, 2007, members of the Riverside Police Department METRO Team (SWAT) assisted the detectives with serving a search warrant in the 5300-block of Paloma Road, in the Belltown area of Riverside County. Detectives recovered stolen property from several area burglaries, including items from known victims in Perris and Colton. Maurice WHITLEY, 19, of Belltown, was arrested for burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of stolen vehicles, possession of counterfeit money, possession of illegal drugs, and participation in a criminal street gang.

Detectives Townsend and Smith located a second suspect, MR JR CASKEY, 21, of no current address, on May 29, 2007. Caskey was arrested for burglary and participation in a criminal street gang. A 17-year-old juvenile suspect surrendered on June 7 and the fourth and final suspect, Mister Junior GATSON, 23, of no current address, was arrested later the same day; both for burglary.

The public is reminded, as co-producers of public safety, to please contact your local law enforcement agency when suspicious behavior is occurring in your neighborhood. Members of the public are often law enforcementís eyes and ears in the community.
  Whitley, Maurice   Caskey, MR JR   Gatson, Mister Junior