Two pick-ups recovered after being allegedly stolen by ex-con

LAKE ELSINORE – An ex-con had a busy New Year’s holiday weekend, allegedly stealing two pickup trucks near Lake Elsinore that were recovered today.

Dennis Rowe, 40, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and parole violations following an investigation by Riverside County sheriff’s deputies.

Around 4:30 this morning, deputies in the area of High and Mill streets in Lake Elsinore located a Ford F-350 pickup stolen from a Menifee residence, sheriff’s Sgt. Steve de la Vara said.

During the investigation, they also found another Ford F-350 that turned out to be stolen from Canyon Lake, he said.

Investigators learned the suspected thief might be at a residence in the 700 block of Lake Street and went there to conduct a parole check, de la Vara said.

Rowe was found at the residence and positively identified by a witness to the first theft, according to the sergeant.

Another ex-con, 27-year-old Johnny Pogue, was found hiding in an attic of the residence and arrested on suspicion of parole violations, as well, da la Vara said.

2 Responses to "Two pick-ups recovered after being allegedly stolen by ex-con"

  1. Iona Ford   January 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    It’s always nice to know that being a good observant and reporting suspicious activity to the authorities can result in the prevention of continued illicit behavior and victimization in our community.

    It’s also nice to know that because of the participation of a community volunteer activity in that area, on that day; these vehicles can lead down the path of being rightfully returned to their owners.

    This isn’t the first time that a volunteer event has netted such a return of stolen property in the community, and it won’t be the last. Harrumph! Book-em Danno! We hate thieves, and "hate" is a strong word.

    It’s also nice to say that our Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Dept. acted rather quickly to detain these thieves. Nice Job, and to the witness also.

  2. Sandra Mac Adam   January 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

    My Ford F350 was stolen in the early morning hours of New Years day. Strange thing is that a house three doors down from us had their F350 truck stolen as well. We live in Northern Murrieta which is close to Wildomar where one of these trucks were from. I notified Murrieta P.D. and was astounded to learn that they knew nothing about the matter and quite frankly didn’t seem to care. I then notified Lake Elsinore P.D. and they jumped to the conclusion that the two cases were unrelated. Seems strange to me that two trucks were taken on the first then the very next day two more of the exact same type of trucks. Very disappointed with our police department. Especially Murrieta. You would think with the taxes we pay we would get better service.


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