Trial date set for felon charged with robbing banks, burglarizing stores


MURRIETA (CNS) – A Feb. 13 trial date was set today for a convicted felon accused of robbing the same two banks in Southwest Riverside County twice, as well as burglarizing area grocery stores during the same general time frame.

Donovan Oscar Dintelman, 47, of Canyon Lake, was arrested last month following a sheriff’s investigation that began in June.

Dintelman is charged with six counts of armed robbery and five counts of first-degree burglary.

During a status hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Superior Court Judge John Monterosso conferred with the prosecution and defense regarding scheduling, and the two sides agreed to prepare for trial proceedings in mid-February. The judge set an intervening pretrial conference for Jan. 29 to confirm that the schedule will hold.

Dintelman is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Ricken, the first alleged holdup occurred June 12 at a U.S. Bank branch in Murrieta. Over the ensuing five months, Dintelman allegedly perpetrated additional robberies, as well as burglaries, staying within the Southwest County region, investigators said.

According to the criminal complaint, the defendant allegedly robbed the same U.S. Bank June 22. He additionally robbed the same Chase Bank branch in Lake Elsinore on June 19 and Nov. 15, prosecutors allege.

Court papers indicate that Dintelman allegedly burglarized Albertsons, Ralphs and Stater Bros. stores in Lake Elsinore, Murrieta and Wildomar over that five-month period.

No one was injured during the alleged acts.

According to Ricken, detectives got a break in the case Nov. 20 when the defendant allegedly attempted to rob a bank in Chino Hills. His vehicle license plate was captured by security surveillance video cameras as he fled, and that information led to a search warrant being served at Dintelman’s Compass Drive home, where he was taken into custody without incident, according to the sergeant.

Court records show the defendant has prior convictions for felony evading, receiving a stolen vehicle and burglary.