An investigation was underway Friday into the theft of unused appliances from newly-built homes in Lake Elsinore.
Several unoccupied residences were burglarized in January and authorities were seeking the public's help in locating the appliances and the suspects who stole them, said Riverside County sheriff's Lt. Zachary Hall.
The stolen appliances-- which police believe may have been sold together since they were matching sets-- include:
The following appliances were stolen in the Lake Elsinore January burglaries; these appliances were matching sets and may have been sold together:
- Stainless Steel General Electric Dishwasher – Serial Number 6A756174B
- Stainless Steel General Electric Microwave – Serial Number RZ300540B
- Stainless Steel General Electric Gas Range – Model Number JGB5235E12SS
- Stainless Steel General Electric Microwave – Model Number JVM19505R1SS
- Stainless Steel General Electric Dishwasher – Model Number GSD3360D35SS
- Stainless Steel Whirlpool Stove/Oven – Unknown Model/Serial Number
- Stainless Steel Whirlpool Microwave – Unknown Model/Serial Number
- Stainless Steel Whirlpool Dishwasher – Unknown Model/Serial Number
- Black Whirlpool Stove/Oven – Unknown Model/Serial Number
- Black Whirlpool Dishwasher – Unknown Model/Serial Number
- Black Whirlpool Microwave – Unknown Model/Serial Number
Anyone who recently purchased an appliance, but was suspicious of the seller was urged to contact the investigator handling the case at (951) 245- 3381. If you wish to report information anonymously via the Internet, you can do so at the Sheriff's online CrimeTips form.
"The Lake Elsinore Police Department would like to remind everyone to secure all their doors and windows, including their garage door, before leaving home or going to bed for the evening," Hall said. "Simply securing all your doors and windows can significantly reduce the risk of a theft."
Hall also reminded residents to keep track of the serial numbers attached to such items in your home to help law enforcement track them down if ever stolen.
"If no serial number exists or it can easily be removed, etching or grinding your driver’s license number into your valuables will help law enforcement identify and return them if stolen," he added.