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Escape by canoe – with shovels as oars – doesn’t work for Lake Elsinore burglary suspects

By in Press Enterprise on November 7, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A pair of Lake Elsinore burglary suspects early Tuesday were spotted fleeing in an unusual getaway vehicle: a canoe, Riverside County sheriff’s officials said.

The men, later identified as Lake Elsinore residents Jesse Yocum, 20, and Carlos De La Rosa, 23, attempted to flee using shovels as oars, according to a sheriff’s statement. They were caught and arrested.

Just after midnight, deputies got a call from a woman who heard glass breaking at her neighbor’s home in the 17000 block of Ryan Avenue in Lake Elsinore and saw a man running away. The neighborhood was only about a block from the city’s namesake lake.

A sheriff’s helicopter was called to help search for the burglars and soon spotted two men “climbing into a canoe and then begin to row out onto the lake using shovels as oars,” the statement said.

When the men realized they had been spotted, they shoveled back to shore and tried to hide the canoe in bushes near the shoreline. They then ran off, sheriff’s officials said.

The helicopter crew kept the men in sight and helped guide deputies on the ground to the men’s location, officials said. They were detained and arrested.

When deputies returned to the canoe, officials say they found several stolen items inside the vessel, including three firearms, a pellet gun, a knife, burglary tools and “personal property.”

The homeowner identified her property and it was returned to her, sheriff’s authorities said.

Yocum and De la Rosa were subsequently booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in French Valley on suspicion of residential burglary and possession of burglary tools. Investigators ask anyone with additional information regarding this case to call the Lake Elsinore station at 951-245-3300.

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