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Social media post of Corona burglary video leads to suspect arrest

By in Press Enterprise on October 27, 2017

By Gail Wesson

Security camera video of a residential burglary shared on social media prompted tips from the public that led to arrest of a Riverside resident Thursday, Oct. 26, Corona police said in a news release.

The Monday, Oct. 23, burglary was in the 2300 block of Talbot Circle and the victim posted video on social media websites. The residence is near West Ontario and South Lincoln avenues.

Michael Cohan and Melissa Dillon (Photos courtesy of Corona Police Department)

Corona detectives found suspect Michael Cohan, 46, of Riverside, in the 10800 block of Magnolia Avenue in Riverside at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. He was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of a concealed firearm and conspiracy.

Cohan’s female companion, Melissa Dillon, 48, of Riverside, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property.

Detectives served a search warrant at a motel in the 10500 block of Magnolia Avenue in Riverside, where they recovered more than eight large plastic containers of potentially stolen property, according to the news release.

Items included jewelry, watches, handbags, a specialty guitar and baseball cards and other collectibles. A storage facility also was searched where firearms and other potentially stolen items were found.

Police released a video showing some of the property found. They are preparing a photographic catalog of property that victims may view to look for their property. The process for return of property will be announced at a later time.

Cohan and Dillon remain in custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, according to jail records. His bail is set at $500,000. Information was not available about the bail set in Dillon’s case.


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