A parolee suspected of breaking into numerous vehicles throughout Murrieta was being held without bail today.
Jacob Aaron Gonzales, 26, was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of theft, receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana for sale, probation and parole violations. He’s being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad, Gonzales was spotted about 3:40 a.m. near the intersection of Longbreach Avenue and Snowfield Street, cruising slowly past vehicles, alerting a resident, who called 911.
Patrol officers arrived moments later and stopped the convicted felon, confirming that he was on active parole and probation, at which point he and his vehicle were searched, Conrad said.
“A large amount of property not belonging to Gonzales was located inside his vehicle,” Conrad said. “Further investigation revealed that Gonzales had burglarized vehicles throughout Murrieta and the Temecula Valley.”
Along with a number of valuables, officers found drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to Conrad.
Gonzales was taken into custody without incident.
Conrad said most of the stolen property was snatched from vehicles that were not locked, reinforcing the need to secure vehicles and conceal any valuables left in them.
According to court records, Gonzales has prior convictions for drug dealing, receiving stolen property and petty theft.