Monday, April 22, 2013

HEMET: Officer spots stolen car, arrests alleged culprit

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.
Benjamin 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.
Joshua 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.
Benjamin 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.

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