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2 Lake Elsinore Teens Caught Burglarizing Local Resident, Police Say

The alleged burglary was reported to the Lake Elsinore Police Department around 11:30 a.m. in the 15100 block of Etienne Street.

A Lake Elsinore resident told police he arrived home Wednesday to find two teenaged burglars inside his residence holding a bag full of his property.

Now those teens are behind bars.

The alleged burglary was reported to the Lake Elsinore Police Department around 11:30 a.m. in the 15100 block of Etienne Street.

The victim told police dispatchers the teenaged males fled his home and jumped his backyard fence after he confronted them, explained Sgt. Patrick J. Chavez of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

“Officers responded to the area quickly and established a perimeter around the neighborhood with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff's helicopter,” the sergeant said.

An 18-year-old suspect identified as Geron Smithson of Lake Elsinore was found in the area of Teakwood and Terra Cotta; a 16-year-old suspect, also of Lake Elsinore, was found on Lincoln Street and Via Cordova, Chavez said.

Both suspects were transported to the Lake Elsinore Police Department and Smithson was later transported to the Southwest Detention Center; the juvenile suspect was transported to Southwest Juvenile Hall, Chavez said. Both teens were booked on suspicion of burglary.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Lake Elsinore Police Department at (951) 245-3300 or after hours and on weekends at (951) 776-1099.

a good neighbor February 28, 2013 at 02:25 AM
and the sad part, they will be out tomorrow.... out of the mouth's of LEPD after some homes in our neighborhood were broke into
The RIGHT side February 28, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Yet another fine youth giving back to society. Another couple of tax burdens and criminals instead of working. Love it.
Kaleen Itup February 28, 2013 at 02:45 AM
So glad these criminals were caught- I know of the older one and am not surprised- he is lucky he didn't steal from a homeowner who might shoot first and ask questions later!
Arthur Spooner February 28, 2013 at 02:53 AM
I would have given them a ride to the station they would have never forgotten
LE Dad February 28, 2013 at 04:50 AM
i wonder if these are the same punks that robbed my neighbor last year, its only a block away from the house they just got busted for ..
Steve February 28, 2013 at 05:21 AM
Yea, they'll shoot 'em and drag 'em back in the house.
Glasses5 February 28, 2013 at 05:27 AM
These punks have been breaking into several homes. For weeks now. They ride their skateboards down Lincoln in the way of cars. They have let dogs out of yards by opening the back gate. This is something this neighborhood has been trying to stop. Hopefully they don't get out tomorrow. The police should have a long list of break ins to charge them with. And for the record I dare them to try my house.
Kaleen Itup February 28, 2013 at 01:51 PM
If you look at his facebook page it says he works at USMC.........uh well if that was his dream it's over now!
tom February 28, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Let's vet some truth in reporting. Lake Elsinore chooses no to have a police department. Only contract deputies,subject to transfer every couple of years. No obligation to cities or citizens. Report of fight in street sedco hills. No response. Report of open drug use casino drive no response. Back of book store on casino,taged weekly no one to do anything about it.
make a difference February 28, 2013 at 02:58 PM
...I'd put the parents in jail, too. It's no mystry any more: BAD PARENTS MOLD BAD KIDS. Raising kids is a balancing act and the parent that blames their own kids for the kids behavior, has no right to be a parent. They don't know how important a good life foundation is...
dick weed February 28, 2013 at 03:09 PM
sad part is, with everything going on its going to get worse before it gets better, with the stuff going on and being done by are leader or leaders? no excuse though these guys are lucky someone has not shot them and belong in jail, but will probably be out by Friday ?
Jennifer Nason February 28, 2013 at 03:48 PM
What makes a person so braisen? How can people not KNOW common sense and respect? I long for the days I was a child, block parties every weekend. People said Hello. We all knew each other and CARED!! I pray for lost souls or bored youths to see past their own noses. Think about your actions...will it help or will it hurt? Be safe and God Bless you my community.
That one guy February 28, 2013 at 03:55 PM
These punks have been hitting homes all over that area.I chased them down and called PD but they never showed. Its usually two girls and two guys. Riding skateboards or on bikes. Im sure they live in the area too because all the homes they hit, back up to an empty lot or the river bed so they know the area. I know of at least four homes that been broken into. Im sure these punks will out very soon and hopefully for them, they dont run into a home owner that ready is tango!
Lisa Orr February 28, 2013 at 04:58 PM
We are all lucky this resident caught them the LEPD is useless!
julian February 28, 2013 at 05:19 PM
I agree with you 100%. Good parenting is key, and the parents should be held responsible or brought in for questioning. Their teachers should also be questioned. It fricken takes a community!
julian February 28, 2013 at 05:23 PM
If what you are saying is true, then the parents need to be held accountable and to a lesser extent so do their teachers. Why weren't they in school? Social Services should be more active in these situations. I really don't believe that freedom means to be able to raise crooks and criminals!
Arthur Spooner March 01, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Julian one of them was 18, so why blame the teachers. This is a parenting issue. Teachers are not there to raise your kids for you. We need to hold all parents responsible for their kids. I have raised mine and they are not out breaking into houses, this is all parenting!
Arthur Spooner March 01, 2013 at 03:04 AM
I saw three cops today standing by their cop cars laughing and joking about something. Working hard for the money I see!!
Arthur Spooner March 01, 2013 at 03:05 AM
No jobs for the kids either. Its really a crapfest that our nation has created for our youth!
John Smith March 01, 2013 at 03:35 AM
It's amazing how everyone else in the world takes breaks and lunches but for some reason cops are not allowed to
John Smith March 01, 2013 at 03:40 AM
It's amazing how everyone else in the world takes breaks and lunches but for some reason cops are not allowed to
Arthur Spooner March 03, 2013 at 04:26 PM
For over an hour BS'ing in the street?? Thats not a break. Cops are paid by tax dollars. If you are not working and fooling around, that is stealing. Stealing from a tax payer is the worst kind of theft.

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