Alleged Squatters Arrested In Tuscany Hills

Daniel Service, 19, and Melissa Quinn, 22, both from Lake Elsinore, were arrested today for trespassing and drug possession.

Deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station arrested two suspected drug users who were allegedly squatting in the upscale neighborhood of Tuscany Hills.

Daniel Service, 19, and Melissa Quinn, 22, both from Lake Elsinore, were arrested today for trespassing. “Both suspects were also found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and heroin,” according to a report from Sgt. John Carlberg of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The arrests come after police say they got tips from the public, the Tuscany Hills Homeowner's Association, and the Lake Elsinore Code Compliance Department.

“It was believed the residence was being used by squatters who were also engaged in illegal drug use,” the sergeant said in his report. “There has also been a marked increase in thefts and vehicle burglaries in this area.”

On Monday, Lake Elsinore sheriff’s deputies went to the residence at 10 Ponte Russo with Lake Elsinore Code Compliance officers, but no one was home, the sergeant reported.

During Monday’s visit, police “recovered evidence of illegal drug-related activity,” Sgt. Carlberg reported.

An Order to Vacate was issued and posted at the home, but at 6 a.m. today deputies found Service and Quinn at the house. Both were booked into the Southwest Detention Center.

Morton Washington, 56, lives next door and said he never noticed much activity at the home.

"They were neighbors, not squatters,” he said. “They respected me and respected them. I knew they where forced to vacate the premises. I looked out my window this morning and saw three squad cars over there." --Daniel Lane contributed to this report.

Roberto November 20, 2011 at 07:12 PM
American Girl 10:00am on Sunday, November 20, 2011 "Dont you have to be missing teeth to drink at THE WRECK?" REPLY: LOL! And if you perform the electric slide.
K.B. January 15, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I didn't make fun of anybody's car being torched. If you recall Mr. Buckley, my husband was the one fighting the fire with our garden hose to try to save your car and the truck they through a cocktail at. We were worried for your safety as well as our own. Our house was right across from yours with huge pine trees that could have caught fire. I only made the observation of what I saw that night. Glad everyone was alright but my husband was the one out there before the firetrucks showed up. Have a good day Mr. Buckley
mq April 22, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Anyway, when you lose your job, lose a parent && the one parent left shares no guidance, i was forced to bare the hard times&& temporary hard life making a home where i paid the tenent(owner) who never informed me the home had been ceasedby the bank
mq April 22, 2013 at 05:49 PM
In addition, my kind neighbor made a point to contact the paper to make a comment. We were neighbors &&respectful. No drugs were found in our possession either. I have a battle now to clear my background due to the arresting officers being allowed to report fact or fiction. Atleast I can say nowI am in a great place and make more then you ignorant pricks. I know the law and have experienced it. Tired of close minded morons speaking as if they are gods. And drunks...? Now I know I have more self control then that.
mq April 22, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Kr you make me laugh. What would we have given the kids on halloween?? Ha. Notice age '19'&&'22', we are kids.


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