LAKE ELSINORE – Deputies assisting Murrieta police officers in a theft investigation arrested a Lake Elsinore resident March 16. Andrerw Adan Verdi, 25, tried to flee from deputies but was arrested in the 19000 block of Tule Way in the unincorporated area of Lake Elsinore.
Verdi was booked at the Southwest Detention Center for charges related to vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and felon in possession of a stolen firearm, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Luke Torres explained.
The investigation began about 12:50 p.m., when Murrieta police officials requested assistance from sheriff’s deputies locating a stolen pickup truck that had been stolen from an LA Fitness on California Oaks Road in Murrieta, after two suspects allegedly broke into a locker. The pair stole personal items from inside the locker, including keys to the pickup truck.
“The suspects were seen on surveillance video stealing the truck, which had a legally owned firearm in it,” Torres wrote.
Further investigation led to the address on Tule Way.
When deputies arrived at the address, they spotted one of the suspects who tried to flee from them. The man, later identified as Verdi, was quickly apprehended.
During their investigation, deputies discovered Verdi was in possession of the firearm that had been inside the truck that was stolen and a motorcycle that had been reported stolen in Las Vegas, Nevada, earlier this month, according to Torres.
The firearm and other personal items stolen from the LA Fitness were recovered and returned to the victim.
Deputies did not locate the truck stolen during the Murrieta incident and the second suspect remains outstanding, Torres wrote.
An online jail records search revealed Verdi is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Southwest Justice Center March 20.
Anyone with information related to this investigation should contact Riverside County Sheriff’s dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number F170750020 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.