Two Temecula, CA residents were arrested and four stolen mountain bikes valued at approximately $10,000 were recovered by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department this week after an extensive investigation.
In July, four high-end bicycles were stolen; three from the area of The Village and one from the Main Lodge. One of the victims, whose Giant brand bike was worth $5,000, kept an eye out on Craigslist and notified MLPD Ofc. Dan Casabian that he thought he’d found his stolen bike for sale. Casabian, with the assistance of Det. Doug Hornbeck, confirmed through photos and a “friend” contacting the seller that the bike for sale was the stolen one.
Casabian then brought investigators from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department’s Temecula station on board, and a search warrant was served on the seller’s home in Temecula on August 4. The Giant, two Specialized and one Cannondale brand bicycles, all confirmed to be the four stolen in Mammoth, were recovered, along with some other property of interest to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department.
Kristopher Robert Riegle, 20, of Temecula, was arrested on charges of possession of stolen property. He was booked into Riverside County Jail, where he later posted $20,000 bail and was released. MLPD will be seeking additional charges of grand theft against Riegle. A 17 year old male, who cannot be identified because of his age, was detained at the same time and then released, although MLPD will be seeking the same charges against him. – MLPD Press Release