A stolen vehicle was recovered and the suspected thief arrested after an officer spotted the vehicle in the driveway of a vacant house on Sunday, April 21, Hemet police said.
Hemet Police Officer Dean
Benjamin was patrolling in the 500 block of South Harvard Street around
1:40 p.m. when he saw a 1999 green Honda Civic backed into a driveway, a
news release from the Hemet Police Department states.
knew the house was vacant, so he conducted a records check and was told
that the vehicle had been reported stolen, the release states.
Benjamin called for backup and contacted residents of a nearby home, who were questioned by police, the release states.
Pinkerton, 24, one of the people in the home, was arrested and booked
into the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley on suspicion of
possession of stolen vehicle and violation of probation, jail records
show. He is being held without bail.
Pinkerton recently was granted early release from custody under AB 109, a state law intended to reduce prison crowding.
was patrolling under the Hemet Police Department's Community Based
Policing model, which assigns officers to specific beats for at least
four months. During that time, the officers learn about their
neighborhoods and foster relationships with residents and businesses
within their beat, the news release states.