Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Friday, September 15, 2006
Contact Detective Kevin Townsend
Phone (951) 826-5255

Commercial Burglary Series Hits Riverside

Riverside, Ca- Riverside Police and other agencies are seeking the publicís help is solving a series of apparently connected commercial burglaries.

On August 22, 2006, a commercial burglary occurred at RSC Equipment Rental at 520 E. La Cadena Dr. in Riverside. On August 29, another similar burglary occurred at Hertz Equipment Rental at 929 W. La Cadena Dr., also in Riverside. The August 29 Hertz burglary was captured on the storeís video surveillance system. The two burglaries appear to be related, given the specifics of the crime.

Similar burglaries have occurred in other jurisdictions as well, including one on August 17, 2006, in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County near Fontana and one August 24 in Irvine. These incidents may be possibly linked to burglaries in Hesperia, Bakersfield, Fresno, the Foothill Ranch area of Orange County, and Las Vegas, NV. Each store location suffered a significant loss in these burglaries.

Employees and managers of these types of businesses should secure their business and report any suspicious activity to their local police department.

A privately-funded reward is being offered in this case for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

The public is asked to call Riverside Police Department Detective Kevin Townsend at (951) 826-5225 with any information about this series of burglaries.