Wildomar Man Arrested Upon Discovery of Stolen Vehicles

A Wildomar man accused of possessing multiple stolen vehicles faces charges of operation of a chop shop, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and committing a felony offense while out on bail, police said.

Responding to reports of the possible location of a stolen vehicle, a Wildomar Police officer on patrol arrived at a residence in the 33200 block of Hidden Hollow Drive in Wildomar at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday. While at the location, the deputy located a Honda quad and a Mercedes Benz sedan reported stolen in Wildomar, in addition to a license plate for a Mercedes Benz sedan stolen in Lake Elsinore. Thomas O'Brien Moore, 39, was arrested and transported to the Southwest Detention Center.

On Saturday at approximately noon, deputies conducted a follow-up investigation to the initial vehicle theft recoveries and responded to a residence in the 22400 block of Lost Road in Wildomar. While at the home, deputies located a Honda motorcycle reported stolen in Wildomar, parts to a Toyota Tundra truck reported stolen in Lake Elsinore, and a partially stripped Ford Ranger truck that may have been "body-swapped" with another Ford Ranger truck.

The Special Investigation Bureau was contacted and the Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail responded to assist with the investigation. Investigators eventually located engine parts to a Ford Ranger truck that was reported stolen in Menifee.

The Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (R.A.I.D.) is a multi-agency task force that was formed in 1993 and is currently operated out of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department under the direction of a C.H.P. Lieutenant and Riverside Sheriff Sergeant.

Anyone having further knowledge or information pertaining to this case is encouraged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at 951-245-3300, or after hours at 951-776-1099.


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