Burglar Steals Car and Gun from Temecula Home; Suspect in Custody

Coty Lee Carter, 24, of Temecula, is a suspect in at least two burglaries, according to police.

A 24-year-old Temecula man was arrested early Saturday morning after a search warrant recovered evidence in two burglaries, including one in a Temecula home on Tuesday where a handgun and car were stolen, police said.

Coty Lee Carter, 24, was arrested for felony burglary and possession of stolen property charges and booked into the Southwest Detention Center. Bail was set at $35,000.

On Tuesday morning around 3 a.m., a resident in a home in the 30800 block of Corte Arroyo Vista heard noises inside her home, but didn’t investigate or call for assistance, according to police.

Later that morning around 8:45 a.m., her husband returned home from work and saw that a car was missing from the driveway. When he entered the home he noticed that a burglar had entered through a window and items were missing, including a loaded handgun, according to police. Also missing were keys used to steal the car from the driveway.

Temecula police located the stolen car in the parking lot of the Margarita Summit Apartments in Temecula and obtained a search warrant for an apartment in the 42200 block of Margarita Road on Friday.

During the search police recovered two cars and property from two separate burglaries, according to authorities. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Investigator Mejia or Investigator Dickey at the Temecula Police Department at (951) 696-3000.

TVOR February 07, 2013 at 04:06 AM
For god's sake wolfcreek, will you get off the summerhouse thing already? They didn't open up a transitional housing facility there so you can rest easy and let it go.
TVOR February 07, 2013 at 04:09 AM
A locked up gun never killed anybody, just as it never protected anybody. When and under what circumstances a gun is locked up is the responsibility of the gun owner. It's awful easy to be the armchair quarterback when you have such limited information about an incident.
Kansas Walker February 07, 2013 at 08:39 AM
TVOR, you are so right. Thank you for being reasonable. It does no good to lock up the only means of defense you have just in case a burglar breaks into the house to steal it. Isn't that why you have a gun in the first place? Also your comment about people having limited information, You have no idea how limited information there is. My sister and her husband ( The victims in this story ) both have a concealed carry permit, not just in California either. In fact he was very instrumental in tracking down the suspect. THe police department did a great job and you all should , as I'm sure you are, very proud of the work they do.
TVOR February 08, 2013 at 03:55 AM
I do think any guns in the home when the owner is not, should be securely locked up. One must have the means to defend their home and family when they are home though. A gun with a lock on it is unlikely to be of any use when an intruder comes rushing in. Perhaps you won't be in the same room where the gun is but at least there is a chance of defending yourself if there is a usable firearm in the house.
Kansas Walker February 08, 2013 at 05:24 AM
I think we can all agree with that.


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