MURRIETA: Pair arrested for alleged car theft

MURRIETA – A felon and his girlfriend were arrested in Murrieta Thursday, Feb. 2, after they were caught in a vehicle that had been reported stolen, police said.

Aaris Stefan Richards, 29, and Denise Michele Gamble, 42, both of Murrieta, were taken into custody without incident about 7 a.m.

Richards was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of vehicle theft and receiving stolen property. Gamble was booked into the same facility on suspicion of being in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

She was released on her own recognizance; he’s being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

According to Lt. Tony Conrad, the suspects had parked in front of a driveway in the 25000 block of Parkcrest Drive, prompting the resident to call police.

Conrad said that after the caller read the license plate of the offending vehicle to the dispatcher, the car was confirmed stolen from a Temecula resident in November.

As officers headed to the location, Richards drove away, heading toward the intersection of Parkcrest and Los Alamos Road, according to the lieutenant.

Officers quickly caught up with them, making a traffic stop, at which point both suspects were detained. A search of the car turned up the meth and a drug pipe, Conrad alleged.

According to court records, Richards has prior convictions for assault and vandalism. Gamble has a prior misdemeanor conviction for driving under the influence.

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