Police Department Updates 1-30-2018
On Saturday, January 27, 2018, members of Beaumont Police Department’s COPPS Team conducted a sting operation on local alcohol sales locations within the city. Using grant funding, a minor decoy was sent into fifteen alcohol sales locations within the city to purchase alcohol. None of the locations sold alcohol to the minor decoy. This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Education and Teen Alcohol Enforcement Program Grant. This program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. COPPS is an acronym for the Department’s Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Team. This team is comprised of one sergeant and four officers.
On Sunday, January 28, 2018, at approximately 1:48am, patrol officers were dispatched to a disturbance at a business in the 400 block of E. 6th Street. Arriving officers contacted a victim who reported that there had been an altercation inside the location and as the reporting party was attempting to leave the two subjects drove up and pointed a rifle at them. The reporting party described the vehicle as a red pickup truck. Officers were in the area at the time of the call and were able to quickly locate the vehicle and conduct a high-risk traffic stop. Officers searched the vehicle and located a loaded AK47 rifle inside. Juan Valenzuela, 22 years of age, of Fontana and Damian Rodriguez, 22 years of age, of Beaumont were arrested for brandishing a firearm and possession of an assault rifle (see photos). Both Rodriguez and Valenzuela were booked at Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. If anyone has any information about this case (Ref 1801B-3425), contact Detective Steward at 951-769-8500.
On Sunday, January 28, 2018, at approximately 5:28am, patrol officers located a subject walking from behind a business in the 1100 block of Magnolia Avenue. Officers checked the business and located a stolen vehicle. Officers then contacted the subject seen walking away from the area. The subject admitted to stealing the vehicle from Riverside and had keys in his possession. Chad Trager, 24 years of age, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and transported to Smith Correctional Facility in Banning for booking.
In the early morning hours of Monday, January 29, 2018, several vehicles in the Three Rings Ranch neighborhood were broken into. In one case approximately $3,000.00 in computer equipment was reported stolen. In all of the cases surveillance video from the area captured an early 2000’s Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra 1500 model, pickup truck, with an extended cab. The vehicle was light in color. If anyone has any information about these cases, please contact the On-Duty Watch Commander at 951-769-8500.
On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at approximately 1:43am, patrol officers were dispatched to an in progress stolen vehicle in the 37000 block of Winged Foot Road. With the assistance of the victim officers were able to locate the stolen vehicle, but the suspect had fled the area on foot. At the same time officers located another vehicle occupied by two people. A traffic stop was conducted and contacted Luis Romero, 29 years of age and Karissa Feenstra, 26 years of age, both of Moreno Valley. During the stop officers located shaved keys and burglary tools. Feenstra and Romero were arrested for possession of burglary tools and transported back to the station for questioning. While officers were transporting both suspects, a third suspect was contacted in the area of Oak View Drive and Oak Valley Parkway. Identification found in the vehicle with Feenstra and Romero, identified Matthew Rodriguez Montiel, 27 years of age, of Moreno Valley, as the third suspect. Feenstra and Romero admitted to officers that Montiel drove away in the stolen vehicle. Feenstra and Romero were booked for possession of burglary tools and Montiel was arrested and booked for the stolen vehicle. All three suspects were transported to Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
If you have any information about any of these case, please contact the Beaumont Police Department at 951-769-8500. Information may also be reported anonymously at email@example.com or www.beaumontpd.org/crime-tips.