Lake Elsinore Motel Guests Arrested During Burglary Investigation

The four suspects were arrested at the Best Western on Casino Drive.

A burglary investigation in Lake Elsinore continues to unfurl, police are reporting.

During an Oct. 4 search warrant service at the Best Western on Casino Drive, the Lake Elsinore Police Department Special Enforcement Team made four arrests of motel guests in connection with the investigation.

Joel Viramontes, 34 – the primary suspect – along with Brian Hayden, 24, Chanel Gray, 29, and Tina Gagnon, 34, were all arrested, according to Sgt. Raymond Nava of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

“During service of the search warrant, officers located meth and various items of stolen property,” Nava stated in a news release. “Further investigation tied Gray and Viramontes to a stolen vehicle, which contained burglary tools, in the parking lot.”

Viramontes was booked for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, and committing crimes while out on bail; Hayden was booked for possession of methamphetamine and being under the influence; Gray was nabbed for vehicle theft and Gagnon for a misdemeanor warrant, the sergeant reported.

The investigation continued Friday when a second search warrant related to the original case was served in the 1100 block of Cleveland Court, Nava stated. Today officers located various items of stolen property linked to the alleged crime.

“Additional charges of possession of stolen property will be filed on Viramontes,” the sergeant said.

Sandy October 13, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Wow.. Right down the street from me! What a great place to stage their enterprise! Attn: city council candidates! Putting a stop to Crap like this needs to be top priority for Lake Elsinore! Not revitalizing historic downtown, not higher education, not supporting small businesses, not bringing in more tax money... Those things are nice but down on the list of urgency! Clean house, secure our streets, and repair the dilapidation of our town!
Anthony October 13, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Well, we need to start somewhere!? Sandy, you make a good point....
Jenny Nason October 14, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I won't even let my teenagers play outside alone. They always want to walk around our neighborhood, which in itself is nice. However, and I hate to sound judgemental I see way too many sketchy types just wondering around EVERYWHERE. I suggest more active neighborhood watches....
Sandy October 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Jenny, I couldn't agree with you more! We have 6 kids that are ranging in ages from 6-15 and we bought our house almost 5 years ago. The first thing we did was install a fence in our front yard for esthetic reasons but now I'm glad we did it for safety reasons as well. It's pretty pathetic around here anymore!


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