Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date April 28, 2003
Contact Sergeant Chris Manning
Phone (909) 320-8015
Fax (909) 320-8043


Patrol Officers Arrest Auto Theft Suspects

Riverside, Ca-  At approximately 0700 hours, Riverside Police Officers Alex Franco and Matt Lackey responded to an in progress vehicle burglary in the 4600 block of Van Buren Boulevard. Upon arrival, the officers detained three subjects and a fourth fled on foot. The three subjects were detained in proximity to a vehicle that was later identified as a reported stolen vehicle from the City of Upland. The fourth subject was located and detained a short distance away.

Based on circumstances involving this incident, Auto Theft Detectives responded to the scene. Through this investigation, the officers recovered two stolen vehicles at the scene and identified three other vehicles that had been burglarized. Evidence was located inside one of the recovered vehicles that link these suspects to a third reported stolen vehicle. This vehicle had been recovered earlier today by the Redlands Police Department.

The suspects are identified as follows:

Jorge Bernardo, 21, Riverside.
Charity Sparks, 27, San Bernardino
Shannon Gomez, 29, San Bernardino
The fourth suspect is a minor.

The three adult suspects were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for auto theft and burglary. The minor suspect was booked into the Riverside County Juvenile Hall for the same charges.

This investigation is continuing.