More Details Emerge On Band Of Alleged Air Conditioner Thieves Arrested In Lake Elsinore

"During the surveillance, detectives observed A/C units being stolen from vacant or for-sale homes in the Southwest Riverside County area.”

More information has been released from authorities about an alleged ring of thieves arrested in Lake Elsinore this week.

Seven people were taken into custody Tuesday evening, most of them suspected of being “habitual” scrappers who've stolen copper coils from residential air conditioning units across the area, said Sgt. Todd Pauling of the Lake Elsinore Police Department.

The investigation into the ring began Jan. 9, after police received reports of numerous A/C copper coil thefts, the sergeant said. Detectives were led to an address in the 18000 block of Lakeshore Drive where they began conducting surveillance into the group to understand how they were operating, Pauling explained.

“During the surveillance, detectives observed A/C units being stolen from vacant or for-sale homes in the Southwest Riverside County area, then taken to the Lakeshore residence where the A/C units were cut apart and later recycled for cash,” Pauling said.

Tuesday detectives arrested one of the alleged thieves, 44-year-old Danyelle Hamlett-Dunbar (jail records show her as Danyelle Denise Hamlett) after she attempted to recycle about 2,000 pounds of stolen A/C unit coils, the sergeant continued. After her arrest, detectives went to the residence on Lakeshore and arrested Warren Dilallo, 39, Brian Udink, 40, Michael Salinas, 24 and 39-year-old Rebecca Hernandez-Udink (jail records show her as Rebecca Hernandez), the sergeant said.

The investigation revealed the five were friends or related to one another, Pauling said.

During the arrest, another suspect identified as Justin Carter, 27, was recognized at the scene by detectives as one of the individuals who participated in cutting the A/C coils, the sergeant said. Carter was also arrested.

Collectively, the individuals netted thousands of dollars from recycling the A/C unit coils in Lake Elsinore, Pauling said.

“Investigators estimated the group is responsible for approximately $100,000 in damaged and stolen A/C units, and $20,000 to $30,000 in recycled profit,” Pauling said.

Another man, 25-year-old Ryan Dunbar (jail records show him as Ryan Amarante Dunbarr), was arrested at the Lakeshore location for an unrelated outstanding felony warrant, the sergeant said.

All the other suspects were booked into local jails on suspicion of various crimes ranging from burglary to grand theft.

DB January 25, 2013 at 03:53 PM
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Brenda January 26, 2013 at 08:22 AM
True Lyn and just for the bucks too. That copper and stuff in there adds up when you are cashing it in. Actually all types of metal does.
Brenda January 26, 2013 at 08:24 AM
Anthony, Extremely well said and I hope we get to see more of your wisdom comments here. Thank you and Spot on.
Brenda January 26, 2013 at 08:35 AM
They all do look vaguely familiar and Im not sure if its because I have seen an arrest picture before of some of them or they just have that same worn out, drugged out, sores on the face look of Meth use :/ I hope with a conviction, if they are guilty, they also receive help for their addictions along with the jail time, something our courts serious lack in giving to OUR Citizens who are in need. In need often times of mental, medical help and rehabilitation for drugs and alcohol. We throw our own citizens in jail, let them rot awhile, then out to rinse and repeat prior actions. They still have a disease, they will still have to feed it by stealing. Until we have more room for them in long term facilities this is what they have to look forward to the rest of their lives while everyone looses AC units.
happywife66 February 15, 2013 at 08:46 PM
People choose their own sins, cant blame the parents. Really great people often come from crappy parenting, and sometimes great parents have really crappy kids. sin is sin or whatever you choose to call it, that's what I call it.


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