An alert citizen helped police nab two men suspected of committing a rash of vehicle robberies throughout Southwest Riverside,officials reported.
The witness noticed two men attempting to break into a car and immediately called police to report the crime.
Deputies arrived on scene just before 6 a.m., Tuesday March 11 in the 5800 block of Mission Boulevard in Jurupa Valley and learned the men took off after tripping the car alarm.
A detailed description of the suspect vehicle was obtained and officers searched the area, eventually spotting the car, Sgt. Vig stated in a Riverside County Sheriff’s press release.
Robert Miller, 19, of Jurupa Valley and 18-year-old Justin Lucero were detained at the scene after a search of the car revealed numerous stolen items and a large amount of stolen mail.
“During the investigation, it was discovered that several thefts from vehicles had just occurred and were unreported,” Sgt. Vig added.
The thefts occurred in the 5700 block of Via Escalante and 6700 block of Avenue De Palma in Jurupa Valley. Another theft occurred in the 20000 block of Newton Street in Corona.
Additionally, stolen property was discovered from robberies in the city of La Verne and stolen mail from the cities of Riverside, Jurupa Valley, Corona and La Verne, Vig stated.
Much of the mail contained personal identification information and credit cards.
Miller and Lucero were both arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on numerous burglary and conspiracy charges.
The United States Postal Inspector was contacted and is helping with the investigation.
For mail theft and fraud protection tips visit, The United States Postal Inspection Service.
Anyone with further details regarding this ongoing investigation is urged to contact Deputy Robertson or Deputy Ditfurth at 951-955-2600.
Stephanie D. Schulte is a writer/photographer with SWRNN. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.