On Wednesday – September 5th, 2012, the Murrieta Police Department received a report of a stolen travel toy-hauler trailer, which contained three motorcycles and one quad ATV from the 29000 block of Donald St., Murrieta. This theft is alleged to have taken place between the months of July 1st, 2012, and September 1, 2012. The estimated total loss was approximately $22,000.00.
Information was forwarded to the Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (R.A.I.D.), which is a multi-agency task force that investigates auto thefts. Through R.A.I.D.’s investigation, detectives were able to locate a possible suspect, who was identified as Orrin Herterich (a 24-year-old resident of Murrieta).
Investigation by R.A.I.D. detectives revealed one of the motorcycles was dropped off at a local motorcycle shop to get serviced by Mr. Herterich, but was left there because he did not want to pay the cost of the service. This motorcycle was recovered during this investigation and later returned to the victim.
On Monday – September, 10th, 2012 at approximately 1230 hours, R.A.I.D detectives made contact with Mr. Herterich in the 25000 block of Copper Leaf Court, Murrieta. A search of his residence revealed one of the stolen motorcycles was in his garage, which was recovered and later returned to the victim.
Mr. Herterich was placed under arrest per 10851(a)VC – theft of a vehicle and 496d(a)PC – possession of stolen property and transported to Southwest Jail Facility to complete the booking process.
Further investigation by R.A.I.D. detectives led them to the travel toy-hauler trailer and the quad ATV, which were sold to an unsuspecting second victim. These items were also confiscated by detectives and later returned to the victim.
In all, approximately $20,000.00 worth of stolen property was recovered and returned to the victim. However, this investigation is still on-going and the detectives are searching for more clues as to the whereabouts of the third motorcycle.
If you have any information regarding this case, please call R.A.I.D. Investigator – Detective M. Garcia at 951-696-3600 x-6898 (e-mail: MGarcia@Murrieta.org) or the on-duty watch commander at 951-696-3615. You can also provide information anonymously through “We Tip” at 1-800-78-CRIME.