Four Gang Members Arrested Following Burglary in Perris

Four men identified by police as active gang members were arrested Thursday in connection with a residential burglary in Perris.

Officers from the Perris Police Department responding to a burglary in progress arrived at 1:37 p.m. in the 900 block of Warbonnett Drive. Upon their arrival, witnesses at the scene identified three black male adults running from a residence where a burglary had taken place. All three suspects were located in the nearby area. A fourth suspect was later located inside a vehicle in the vicinity of the burglary, police said.

Officers from the Perris Police Department Burglary Suppression Team arrived and assisted in the investigation. Approximately $7,500 in stolen property was recovered at the scene. Items recovered included, electronics, cash and clothing items.

Further investigative leads directed Perris police officers to a nearby shopping mall in the area near Geronimo Road and Navajo Road. A patron at the shopping mall located a handgun under a vehicle in the parking lot of the shopping mall.

The following suspects were identified as active gang members and were arrested as a result of this investigation:

-- Andre Ramon Johnson, 23, of Hemet was arrested for residential burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, two felony drug warrants, a parole violation, a gang enhancement and committing a felony while on bail.

-- Kevon Smith, 22, of Hemet was arrested for residential burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and a gang enhancement.

-- Todd Anthony Thornton, of Hemet was arrested for residential burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and a gang enhancement.

-- Johnnie Gatison, 29, of Perris was arrested for residential burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, a parole violation and a gang enhancement.

All subjects arrested were booked into the Southwest Detention Center.




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