Unused Appliances Stolen from New Lake Elsinore Homes

Police are hoping someone who may have purchased these stolen items will come forward.

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.

Lillyann587 February 07, 2014 at 01:44 PM
Builders in Lake Elsinore area used to take doors off ovens, microwaves,dishwashers etc until property was sold and new owners moved in to prevent just this. Who want to buy a brand new appliance without a door. Maybe this practice should be reinstated.
Joseph Morabito February 07, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Like radio host Jim Rome used to say about things when he'd broadcast from a remote location... "If it's free, there's a line, and if it's not nailed down it's going to get stolen." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sadly, it's just part of the baser elements of human nature.
Dog February 07, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Mmmmm...the tweekers must be running out of copper wire to steal...
Alek J Hidell February 07, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Hey read the article! Nobody was using them!
Love2Hunt February 07, 2014 at 03:38 PM
What community?
BLUESGUITAR777 February 07, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Alek - Under that premise one could walk into any store or dealership and take whatever they wish using that excuse. I don't think law enforcement will buy that one...
Alek J Hidell February 07, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Sarcasm is truly wasted on you dullards....
Michelle Morgan Fugate February 07, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Okay Hi, I just spent $750.00 on this washer dryer I think it was stolen, yeah right are these people going to get their 750 back after purchasing them and being honest by looking and noticing it may have been stolen??? After reading the post about the thefts
kristin c February 08, 2014 at 01:07 AM
Michelle, where did you see the set you bought? If there are more sets available, perhaps the police can recover them.
Steve February 08, 2014 at 01:17 AM
@ kristin c, I think Michelle was hypothetically, theoretically, or metaphorically speaking, not literally her buying one.
Elfbkr February 08, 2014 at 07:57 AM
Interesting the article does not say what new housing development was involved.
Dog February 08, 2014 at 09:09 AM
If the Patch don't turn off those burners someones gonna get sick...
Julian B Duron February 08, 2014 at 10:53 AM
If there is any witnesses PE needs to say what neighborhood or track of homes. Tell the whole story then witnesses who live there may discover they did witness a theft not a moving out of tenants or buyers. Yes, people are slow like that.
Ken February 08, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Michele Morgan Fugate, Most likely they won't see a dime of their $750 returned. But they probably will get a free complimentary visit from the sheriffs department which will include a complimentary criminal charge for buying stolen property. But after paying all their legal costs and fee's they will be able to enjoy that warm deep down feeling that they did the right thing.
Steve February 08, 2014 at 11:11 PM
That's right, in a case like this, virtue is its own punishment.
my comment February 09, 2014 at 02:20 PM
If anyone recently got an incredible deal on expensive appliances and would like to get in trouble for it, please report yourself.......ya, good luck with that kind offer
Anthony February 10, 2014 at 07:03 PM
Allow me to run another criminal conspiracy by you: Let's say the builders embezzled the merchandise themselves to re-sell on the black market and then double dip by collecting on the insurance claim payout!? And you fine folks wonder why insurance costs are so high!...>
Julian B Duron February 10, 2014 at 07:30 PM
You are right Anthony, Some Electrical Contractors do the same for large school projects low ball bid and got and steal copper and expensive electrical components.
Donna February 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM
The article is not correct. The houses are not newly built homes. The house that was burglarized on my street was a foreclosure home that recently had new appliances put in.
Steve February 11, 2014 at 12:40 AM
Then maybe it was the former owner(s) taking back their down payment.


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