San Jacinto police officers arrested a 57-year-old woman in connection with multiple thefts Thursday after receiving a tip from a burglary victim and following up on it, a Sheriff’s official reported today.
Donna Lopez of Hemet was arrested shortly before 2:30 p.m. at her residence in the 800 block of Avila Drive in Hemet after officers discovered multiple stolen items in her business and methamphetamine in her residence.
The officers arrived to Lopez’s business after speaking with a burglary victim who recognized some of her items for sale online. They then tracked the ad to Lopez’s business in the 1200 block of Buena Vista Street in Hemet, where they discovered the victim’s stolen items as well as the stolen items of five other individuals, according to Sherrif’s Sgt. J. Orona.
Orona said officers then served a search warrant at Lopez’s home, where they discovered a small quantity of methamphetamine and also learned that Lopez had embezzled close to $70,000 after assuming her father’s identity.
Lopez was arrested for possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, and financial elder abuse; she was booked at the Riverside County Jail in Banning.