Charges Added For Man Arrested at Target

Alberto Gallegos, 22, was arrested about 9 p.m. after store personnel called to report a shoplifting-in-progress, a sheriff's official said.

More charges -- including possession of drugs and burglary tools -- were pending today for a Lake Elsinore man who was collared Friday night for allegedly shoplifting at

Alberto Antonio Gallegos, 22, was arrested sometime around 9 p.m., after store employees reported a shoplifting-in-progress, according to a news release from the Lake Elsinore Police Department.

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Following his arrest, a search warrant was served at his home in the 15000 block of Ficus Street, according to a sheriff's news release.

"In Gallegos' bedroom, officers located methamphetamine and other items associated with the sales of methamphetamine and counterfeit U.S. currency," reads the release, prepared by sheriff's Sgt. John Carlberg.

Gallegos was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of burglary; receiving stolen property; possession of drugs; possession of drugs for sale and possession of burglary tools.

There was no counterfeit cash booking charge listed on the sheriff's inmate website.

Gallegos was released on bond for $30,000 bail and was ordered to appear in court April 20.


andy February 26, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Of course this man lives in Lake Elsinore, where else would a low life criminal live? We have big city crime in our small little hamlet. The terrible reputation of our small town reaches far and wide. Our cities motto of Extreme Living reinforces this cult of violence and crime. We need to rethink our city and it's motto. We have these wonderful resources but they are wasted by loud motor cross bikes, speed boats, mines, and our cheap housing is a great place for criminals to take shelter. We need to stop all these destructive forces. We need to build a community college, an adult learning center, a community recreation center and aquatic center with a youth swim club, we need a much larger library, and we need to put the infrastructure in place where the california dream can take hold. We can do it; but it's not going to happen with everyone sitting on their couch watching tv.
Mort Mortimus February 26, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I totally agree with you, Andy. LE used to have a small town feeling. Now it feels like LA.
Hawkeye February 26, 2012 at 05:23 PM
You bring up good points about wasting resources. Not only is Motorcross Park loud but they're creating a LOT OF DUST despite dumping truckloads of water on track. And WE'RE encouraged to conserve water?? Not sitting on couch but what good does it do to complain. They promise noise study, (paid for by track?), etc, and offer sympathy but instead they're building another track probably for ATV's etc-you think it's loud now! And what about all the tagging? I've lost count of how many times I've repainted the fence.
Carol February 26, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Mort - That's because some of the lowlifes from LA have moved to Lake Elsinore! When they expanded the freeways and bought out the people who had houses in the way, those people were told about the wonderful houses they could buy for cheap in Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore and the Lancaster/Palmdale areas. Guess what? The crimes and drugs rised expenentially in these once nice places to live. It's not going to get any better until the police and city government clean up the city and get rid of the "undesireables". They need to patrol the areas where the crimes happen the most. Unfortunately that seems to be the whole city!!!!!
Tonto February 26, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Does this qualify for free college benefits?
D A February 27, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Funny, You read a local news feed and then thinktheir is no crime outside of Elsinore.
rayne February 27, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I wish Patch would do a poll on how many of the posting people have actually lived here in Elsinore Valley and for how long??? Most are always talking the town down.. If they wanted a city, track home environment why didnt they stay in the big cities they relocated from, where crime, graffiti, and drive byes occur daily. Elsinore has always been known for recreation and most these posters use to drive from their home towns to enjoy it and many still do. If I didnt like it I would put my little home back on the market and high tail it back to the concrete gardens of the keeping up with the Jones neighborhoods they transplanted from. Elsinore is one of the nicest places I have lived and I grew up in Newport Beach my entire childhood before choosing to relocate to a rural environment minus the snobs. Been here over 28 years now there was no graffiti, gangs or violence then. Not until the housing boom and all the city dwellers relocating to take advantage of the cheaper housing prices.
Ken Mayes February 27, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I agree with the comment about Elsinore always being small town rural but I too have been out here as long as you coming from Santa Ana, the place of my parents choice, when we arrived there were gangs, graffiti and drugs. So what, last time I checked there is no Utopia. What irks me is the people that move out here and then demand that everyone change for them and that we all pay for those changes. If I wanted sidewalks, ballparks and all the big town amenities I would have stayed where I was or moved somewhere else. Most of these J_ A_'S moved out here because it was cheap, figuring that they would flip and then got back, now their stuck, tough.
Anon February 27, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Why not run for city council then?
julian February 27, 2012 at 04:16 PM
My family has maintained a residence out here since the 1930s. And, in my life time I've seen huge changes out here. This used to be an area full of retirees and vacation homes. Now we are part of a suburban sprawl which stretches for miles flanking two freeways- the 15 and 215. LE has floundered and degenerated while once tiny communities like Murrieta and Temecula have prospered and seen economic development and land and home prices sky rocket. We can't pretend we are some country town anymore or pretend that the type violent crime that has prospered here since the 1980s is just a nuisance. The bad reputation of this place is far and wide, which is weird considering the fantastic natural resources this town is blessed with but that are wasted with open pit mining, noxious and loud speed boats, Loud and polluting dirt bikes and affordable housing that caters to the lowest of the low. Why are we as a city catering to these crowds that no other city wants? Where is the long term Plan? You will have to go to the salton sea are to find such a blighted neighborhood as ours!
LE Resident February 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I beleive the lake is a natural lake, therefore, was here way before any of you, and boats are part of a lake. Elsinore is also very well known for motocross!!!! If you don't like the lake or motorcycles, you should have never moved here, it was here first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
julian February 28, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Your logic says a lot about you and frankly, the community college would greatly benefit you. It's not too late for you.
Tonto February 28, 2012 at 02:26 AM
How about a college next to the lake with a boat launch as part of it? you know.compromise :)
rayne February 28, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Actors, writers and many more acclaimed people came here in the 30's and on to enjoy the lake, boating and motorcycle riding, I believe Steve McQuinn as well... Sun City is nice for those not enjoying what this city has to offer(you might considering relocating)... After LE Resident attends the local college he can drive 100 or so miles if he is lucky enough to get a job with the education for work. Most posting that those opposing the race track and boating activities also oppose development that is why the developers go to near by towns...
rayne February 28, 2012 at 05:15 PM
My reply to LE Resident should have been posted under Julian although not an option
keepin it 100 February 28, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Andy seems like ur the uneducated scum lowlife..just to give u the 411 I walked target without anything "suspious burglary" I work in contruction therefore I got any kind of tool u can image in my work truck..as for drugs their wasn't enough to make a case but to make the arrest...where u find a 22yr old lowlife bail the same night with a 30000 bond? In elsinore. Keep it 100
Mc Vicker February 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I am a college graduate and from LA. And now relocated to the track homes here in LE. To the people complaining about crime here please research the demographics between here and LA. Although I believe we should all be involved in our cities, your comments are only opinions and I believe many of you don't know what you are talking about.
Reality March 01, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Honestly Elsinore is a nice place to live and I see people complain about it and the crimes but that's life so suck it up!!! There's alot of points of view and the way this article and every other article explains a story like they know the real story seriously now in days your can't trust the system. The system hides information yup thats right they hide info. As I read the comments people come to a conclusion that he's guilty but what happens to "innocent until proven guilty" and according to this article he doesn't have court intill April. And a person doesn't have to be a lowlife to commit a crime. We are all HUMAN and we all make mistakes. So don't judge.. Just Saying (Keeping it real!!!)
Down For Mines March 02, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Thats right ,Who the _____ are they to comment on stuff thay dont even know .about.(Andy ;the uneducated one and all is this all you do all day get a life and get off the 22year old boys case beleve me hes no lowlife ........why dont you get a life ....


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