Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date October 7, 2005
Contact Lieutenant Brian Baitx
Phone (951) 351-6050


Grand Theft Suspect Arrested



Riverside, Ca- On Friday, October 7th at 4:20 AM Riverside Police officers were dispatched to the ARCO gas station at 6692 Indiana Avenue regarding a theft of a portable ATM machine. At least one suspect was seen placing a large chain around the ATM machine located in front of the gas station. The suspect then used a pickup truck to yank the chain and attached ATM machine from its secured location. The suspect and vehicle were last seen driving westbound Indiana Avenue.

Responding officers followed drag marks on the street and citizen reported sightings of the truck dragging the ATM machine to the rear of 7130 Magnolia Avenue. The suspect and vehicle fled the scene as officers arrived, having already abandoned the ATM machine in the rear parking lot. Three Riverside Police units pursued the suspect vehicle westbound on Arlington Avenue for several miles until the suspect was able to elude capture in the Arlanza area of Riverside.

Officers recovered the ATM machine with the cash intact and it will be returned to the owner.

At 5:14 hours, another Riverside Police Officer had positioned himself at the south city limits looking for the suspect vehicle. He saw it driving in the Riverwalk area of south Riverside and pursued the vehicle and driver into Home Gardens. The suspect abandoned the truck on Neece Street just north of Magnolia Avenue after running off the roadway near the railroad tracks. With the assistance of Corona Police officers the suspect was found hiding in a neighboring residential back yard. He was taken into custody without incident. Officers from the California Highway Patrol responded and investigated the solo vehicle collision. The suspect was arrested for the below listed charges and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

Suspect: Mark Allen Evenson, DOB 6-21-60, Resident of Riverside, California
Charges: Grand Theft, Felony Evading Arrest, Possession of Methamphetamine