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"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.

Arthur Spooner January 24, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Someone stole the one in the house across from me. I still cannot believe they got away with it. Someone would have had to have seen them do it.
Kristine Anderson January 24, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Our church had their a/c stolen twice over the last 5 years. We had to invest in a chain link fence around the units and putting motion lights around them. Stealing from a church - they must think they are easy target and we were.
Ann Foronda January 24, 2013 at 04:44 PM
I am so glad they arrested them that I am one of victim happen to my house last year during thanksgiving 2011 and Dec 26 2011 cost me thousand dollars I am so grateful to stop crime alike that.
Antonio January 24, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Stealing is the occupation of drug addicts.
Fisher Lady January 24, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Good work! Now please can we leave these people in jail???
Alek J Hidell January 24, 2013 at 05:02 PM
you Elsinorans have no neighborhood spirit, you don't even care what happens to your neighbors. I live in Central Murrieta, and I regularly patrol around the streets here, noting the unregistered cars and the partiers and who's not working. Being nosy has its advantages.... Snitches get stitches? Hah! Triers become diers...
QUEEN January 24, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I feel sorry for their kids.........Who are forever changed & humiliated by the actions of their parents.
Truthful January 24, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Methamphetanine use at its finest!
Belinda January 24, 2013 at 05:11 PM
I heard helicopters around 11:00 last night with lights going through the backyards... what is going on in my neighborhood???
Charles Decelles January 24, 2013 at 06:51 PM
These people were cannibalizing the air conditioners for a fraction of their worth. I think it's probably related to meth, also. Meth is a destructive influence. Destructive to the people that use it and to anyone that gets ripped off by these people.
The Teller of Truth January 24, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Hope they also do something about the people who knowingly BOUGHT these stolen air conditioners too.
Anthony Mandich January 24, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Very true.
Anthony Mandich January 24, 2013 at 08:25 PM
This isn't the Middle East Statia. There is a thing called Due Process here in the United States that perhaps you may have heard of. If not you should look into it. I'm sure if you ever find yourself on the wrong side of the law, for whatever reason, you will be appreciative of it. Appreciative or not, it is your right as an American citizen. If you are a fan of having the police arrest someone as the end all and be all of the justice system, maybe you should consider a move to a country where people are locked up and not heard from again, regardless of proven guilt or possible innocence. Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq....all come to mind. Good luck with it Statia!
Anthony Mandich January 24, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Triers become diers...? What's that even mean? Central Murrieta huh? Cool man.
Anthony Mandich January 24, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Methamphetanine? What is that? Learn to spell. Please.
Constant Comment January 24, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Who steals from a church? }~(
For the good fight January 24, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Whoaaaa!!!!! They finally caught these dirtbags again. They used to live next door to us over 2 years ago and were doing scandalous stuff in our neighborhood so we basically ran them out after about 6 months!!!! They deserve to be in jail forever these people do not learn there lesson. Yeah LEPD good job :)
Anthony Mandich January 24, 2013 at 08:42 PM
A combination of urban sprawl, an impoverished and beaten down segment of society, lack of meaningful opportunities, shortage of cash, problems with addiction, mental illness and hunger, a widely held belief that the future is bleak at best, a prison state, red tape galore, authority figures who don't give a rat's ass about individuals, plenty of bad apples, no honor among the majority of humans, the rich getting richer and vice versa, people like me who sound off to let other people like me get the impression that i'm cut from a sophisticated cloth, swimming with intelligence but curiously deficient in practical answers or a true workable solution to any of this crap, which is pretty much the truth. I'm not any better than anyone to be honest. In fact, it could be easily argued that I'm worse due to the fact that I squander my God given talents by chronically underachieving while looking for the immediate fix, today's solution, without any real thought for the life I'm building for myself, or hope that tomorrow is going to be any better. Life can be overwhelming for even the brightest of people at times. When it rains it really rains and its not so far fetched to imagine fitting into one of these pathetic scenarios someday. Its unfortunate and frustrating and I've been extremely fortunate, trust me. One can only imagine the hopeless anger shared by a large percentage of the chronic "have-nots". Pray for grace....what else can you do?
LBV Collins January 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM
True, Lyn. And thieves. And homeless. And gang bangers.
Arthur Spooner January 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM
I do not know when it was taken. I saw the gate was open one day and went over to close it and saw the air conditioner had been taken.
Arthur Spooner January 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Nice group of upstanding citizens, now we get to house and feed them too. Too bad their parents did not do a better job!
Lee Ann January 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Someone stole 3 ac units off my dads property while he is in the hospital... These guys must have thought it was Christmas for them....
I.E January 25, 2013 at 04:51 AM
Seriously sad the ages of these people! game over get some recovery . Be productive not destructive
Balance January 25, 2013 at 04:56 AM
Good catch!
dick weed January 25, 2013 at 12:33 PM
we just need to keep catching these people, and keeping them behind bars !!!
DB January 25, 2013 at 03:53 PM
@ Constant Comment......usually the Pastors, Priest, Preacher and other Administrotors.......
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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