At approximately 10:15 a.m. on Friday, April 27 Sheriff's Department Hemet deputies arrested suspect Ron Kimmerle on suspicion of felony burglary.Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Hemet Station deputies conducted a warrant search of several cabins in the 25000 block of Laurel Drive in Pine Cove. A team of deputies in two marked and two unmarked cars arrived shortly before noon on Thursday, April 26 to conduct the search. Around 12:15 p.m. having surrounded one residence, deputies announced they were law enforcement and ordered occupants to open the door.
The home was unoccupied. Deputies then secured entry and began an investigation of the residence interior, searching for stolen items. Deputies’s search of the cabins revealed property stolen recently from a Pine Cove home in the 52000 block of Sugar Pine Drive as well as additional property stolen from other recent Idyllwild burglaries. Deputies remained on scene until late afternoon identifying, inventorying and removing stolen property.
Sgt. Wallace Clear, Hemet Station Special Investigations Supervisor, said investigators are now trying to locate the rightful owners of the recovered property.
Clear said Thursday investigators were attempting to locate Pine Cove resident Ronald Dee Kimmerle as a person of interest in connection with the recovered stolen property. Kimmerle is described as a 49 -year-old Caucasian male, 5’ 5”, 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. According to the Sheriff’s Department press release, Kimmerle is believed to be staying somewhere in the greater Idyllwild area. He was arrested this morning.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099. Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Robertson of the Hemet Station at (951) 791-3400.
In a recent community meeting organized by Hemet Station Commander Capt. Scot Collins, he addressed community concern over a dramatic uptick in residential burglaries, often of unoccupied residences. He promised then to begin unannounced sweeps and operations that would help identify responsible lawbreakers and put the Department’s “foot on their necks.”