Menifee Woman, Temecula Man Accused of Stealing Copper

A Menifee woman was one of two people arrested today after they were caught stealing copper cable from an electrical room in Rancho Mirage, police said.

According to Rancho Mirage Police, Gregory Strahl, 42, of Temecula fled on foot when an officer on proactive patrol approached a vehicle backed into a parking stall behind a commercial building near Bob Hope Drive and Highway 111 about 3:15 a.m. Strahl was apprehended shortly afterward.

Upon further investigation, the officer determined that Strahl and a female occupant of the vehicle, 43-year-old Loueenia Skgelstad of Menifee, were in the process of removing heavy gauge copper cable from within an electrical room that distributes electricity to numerous business suites within the complex. Both Strahl and Skgelstad were arrested for burglary and possession of burglary tools and were later booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio.

Copper theft is a serious offense plaguing local communities and the Rancho Mirage Police Department is maintaining a high level of proactive patrols in an effort to identify and apprehend those offenders. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Jordan or the Rancho Mirage Special Enforcement Team at 760-836-1600.


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