Lake Elsinore: Police arrest 28-year-old man in connection with gun theft after six hour standoff

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The Covina Police Special Response Team arrested a 28-year-old man Thursday in a residence in the 33300 block of Adelfa Steeet in Lake Elsinore in connection with a burglary that happened in December of last year.

Matthew Pickering was arrested without incident after a more than six hour standoff where he and a female refused to leave the home, according to a Covina Police Department Report.

Pickering was wanted in connection with a burglary that occured in the 1400 block of North Fircroft Avenue in the city of Covina. During the commission of the crime, five firearms were stolen from the home, according to Sgt. Rob Bobkiewicz.

Bobkiewicz said an axe that was used during the burglary was later processed by a Los Angeles County Crime Lab and Pickering was identified as a perpetrator of the crime.

Two assault vehicles with gun turrets and swat teams were called in during the six hour standoff. In addition to members of the Covina Police Special Response Team, members of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department were present.

Pickering was arrested for Residential Burglary and Resisting or Delaying a Peace Officer when he exited the Lake Elsinore residence. He is currently being housed at the Covina Police Department Jail with bail set at $50,000.

The female in the home, who identified herself to the Valley News as Pickering’s wife, left the home at the same time he did. She said she believed her husband was innocent and that he was targeted because of his criminal history.

The stolen guns were not located in the residence. Police investigators found several computers in the home and are planning on forensically examining them, according to Bobkiewicz.

3 Responses to "Lake Elsinore: Police arrest 28-year-old man in connection with gun theft after six hour standoff"

  1. Gerald Summers   August 11, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    What, no tanks? No armed drones? The charge was burglary, not robbery or murder.
    Why all the military weaponry?


  2. Perplexed   August 12, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    How is an arrest after a six-hour standoff with SWAT "without incident"?

  3. denny   August 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

    @ Gerald, given our failure to enforce existing laws and our leniency with criminals, the police on a call have no idea whether they will face a Heckler & Koch G36, a FN FAL or for that matter, an RPG-7.


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