A Wildomar man suspected of stealing work tools
from a local business has been arrested, police are reporting.
Bryce Howard Melvin, 41, was arrested Oct. 2 following an investigation that began last month, according to a report from Sgt. David Cardoza.
Police was called in Sept. 25 at approximately 12:30 a.m. when officers from the Wildomar Police Department were dispatched to a business in the 34800 block of Frederick Street in reference to a burglary alarm.
“When officers arrived at the business, they discovered several work vehicles had been burglarized and approximately $20,000 worth of tools and other items had been stolen,” Cardoza’s report stated.
Surveillance video from the business showed a suspect vehicle: a dark-colored Ford Crown Victoria, he continued.
On Sept. 28, a patrol officer stopped a black Ford Crown Victoria and “the occupants of the vehicle were in possession of tools that matched the description of the tools stolen in the burglary,” Cardoza stated.
The investigation continued and led to a storage unit and a home.
On Oct. 1, officers served a search warrant on the storage unit in the 31900 block of Corydon Road in Lake Elsinore “where items from the burglary were located,” according to Cardoza.
The next day, officers served a search warrant at a mobile home in the 21600 block of Canyon Drive in Wildomar and allegedly found more stolen property.
“Furthermore, officers discovered a fictitious check manufacturing operation at the residence,” Cardoza stated.Melvin was arrested in the case and according to jail records is being held on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property.