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Four Teenagers Accused of Breaking Into Hemet Home, Stealing Guns

Two of those arrested are juveniles-- the youngest of which is only 13-years-old, according to police.

Four teenagers are suspected of breaking into a Hemet house and stealing several items-- including two firearms-- after going door to door looking for empty homes in a local neighborhood, police said Thursday.

Hemet Police Lietenant Eric Dickson tells Banning-Beaumont Patch that the four teens, ages 19,18, 17 and 13, had knocked on at least two people's doors who were home and made up an excuse for why they were in the neighborhood.

Dickson alleges that they then found a house on Purdue Court, near Florida and San Jacinto avenues, in which nobody was home, and broke in.

Police officers caught up with the group after getting a call of "four suspicious subjects walking around residential yards and looking at property" in the area, Dickson said.

When police got to the area-- the arriving officer spotted two boys jump a fence from inside a backyard onto Park Avenue.

"Officer Anderson contacted the two and located a firearm on one of them," Dickson said.  

With the first two boys in custody, two more were spotted by police.

"The officer could see two additional subjects walking briskly away," the lieutenant added.  "While walking away, the officer saw them discarding property they had on them." 

Those two boys started to run away as police tried to contact them, and it took about twenty minutes of chasing after them to catch them both, Dickson told Patch.  Both allegedly had stolen property on them.

"As officers arrived on scene, the two jumped a wall into a nearby housing tract and then started running through yards while tossing property," he said.

Dickson said all of the property found belonged to a resident of the house on Purdue Court.  

"All of the victim's property was recovered, to include two firearms," he said.

19-year-old Marshay Bradford was booked into the Banning jail on felony burglary and conspiracy charges, along with a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, according to jail records.  As of Thursday afternoon, he remained locked up.

18-year-old Demond Lewis was released Thursday on $35,000 bail from the Murrieta jail, facing two felony charges relating to burglary and conspiring to commit a felony, jail records indicated.

The other two juveniles were taken to Juvenile Hall, Dickson told Patch.

The police lieutenant urged residents to be sure to always report suspicious activity when spotted.

"Call us if somebody you don't know just shows up at your house looking around and seems suspicious," he said.  "The reality is if someone thinks something is suspicious, then it probably is; you know your neighborhood better than anybody else." 

The Hemet Police Department can be reached at 951-765-2400, or 911 in emergencies.

Dex November 30, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Its a shame that someone didnt shoot first and then ask questions later, to remove all their sorry asses from the planet. Boy, their parents must be real role models and upstanding citizens of the community. This kind of crime does not seem to be getting any better, it seems to be getting worse. And it is not going to stop until we show the lowlifes that the punishment is swift and severe. We need to quit kidding ourselves from believing that these kinds of thugs can be rehabilitated.
concerned citizen November 30, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Agree 100%. A bullet to the brain of all four and then there would be four less criminals.
jenna November 30, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Even outstanding parents can have troubled children! Think before you speak! And what is shooting four ignorant teenagers going to do? That's harsh words for thieves. Of course what they did was wrong, but young kids are easily influenced.
concerned citizen November 30, 2012 at 07:11 AM
They took guns. Maybe you don't care if they end up shooting your family, but I don't want my family shot. If you think that they are "young kids" then, by all means, take them under your roof. They are not ignorant teenagers. They knew exactly what they were doing. If they had chosen my house to break into, they would have been carried out in body bags.
Dex November 30, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Two of these young kids were legally adults. And "outstanding parents with troubled children" would more than likely be involved in helping theirs kids in one form or another, and they would'nt be out robbing houses with guns. Kids from "outstanding parents" would rarely actually resort to this level of crime. We NEED harsh words and harsh punishments for criminals so that they get the message that this behavior is not only not tolerated, but the risk of severe personal harm is a reality. Too often the criminals are out on the street again in short order, and back to their old tricks. They know the risks are low, and it is easier for them to steal their way through life instead of making an honest living. I'm tired of it, and taxpayers shoud be outraged on what it is costing to house criminals in this state. Crime is easy, it pays well, and citizens tolerate it as part of our society.
concerned citizen November 30, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Dex, you are so right.
Rich January 31, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Dex (and the ever present CC) Why would you ask our fine officers of the law to become an executioner? Do you have any idea how punishing to their lives and career that would be? Oh. That is just part of the job. Right? I am amazed that you did not at least lower your demands of our justice system and invoke the "cut off their hands" punishment. And to you CC, you have every right to shoot those who threaten your family in your home. Just remember, rights come with responsibilities.

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