In the last few weeks, Idyllwild and surrounding areas have experienced an increase in vehicle thefts.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Correctional Sergeant Deanna Pecoraro said, “There have been approximately four vehicle thefts in which the vehicles have been recovered and returned.”
While there wasn’t any official information on how many of the vehicles were locked or unlocked, some Idyllwild residents tend to leave their vehicles unlocked due to a feeling of safety in comparison to the city.
“All the vehicles were stolen from the Idyllwild area,” Pecoraro said. “Two arrests have been made in connection with these vehicle thefts.”
Russell Leggett, 29 of Idyllwild, and Brian Utley, 29 of Idyllwild, were both arrested by deputies for their involvement with the stolen vehicles.
While we are generally in a safe community, it doesn’t mean we are exempt from issues with crime. It’s best to lock those doors to be safe.