Two 19-year-old men were arrested in connection with recent residential burglaries in Riverside’s affluent Mission Grove neighborhood, a police lieutenant said today.
Evan Blake Lamar and Scotty Joe Short were arrested Monday on suspicion of burglary and theft in connection with the break-ins, which occurred earlier that day, according to Lt. Victor Williams.
He said the burglaries happened in and near the 200 block of Alessandro Boulevard, where Short resides with his family.
According to Williams, one suspect scouted out possibly unoccupied homes and then alerted his partner. The suspects allegedly gained entry by breaking a window or forcing open a rear door, the lieutenant said.
Short was detained by officers around 11:30 p.m. Monday after he was spotted allegedly casing a home in the area, Williams said.
A search of the suspect’s home turned up a firearm stolen during one burglary, he said.
Lamar was identified as Short’s alleged accomplice, and investigators recovered a stolen “television, lap top computers, jewelry and various personal electronic devices” from his home in the 3600 block of Beechwood Place, according to Williams.
Both suspects were booked into Riverside County jail. Short posted a $5,000 bond and was released Tuesday. Lamar posted a $25,000 bond and was released the same day.