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A Regular Crime Wave

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On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, the La Quinta Police Department‘s Special Enforcement Team and Business District Unit concluded a lengthy investigation into multiple vehicle burglaries, commercial burglaries, frauds, identity thefts, and probation violations with the arrests of 36-year-old Indio resident Raymond Araujo, and 31-year-old Coachella resident Esther Montoya. Aruajo and Montoya are suspected of many crimes throughout the Coachella Valley cities of La Quinta, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, and Indio.

The La Quinta Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team and Business District Unit employed specialized surveillance methods to determine Aruajo and Montoya were burglarizing vehicles and stealing personal property, purses and wallets to use victim’s credit cards at various businesses throughout the Coachella Valley.  Upon their arrest, search warrants were served at two homes in the 45000 block of Deglet Noor in Indio and the 51000 block of La Ponderosa in Coachella.  Two vehicles were also impounded for evidence processing. Both Araujo and Montoya were currently on Riverside County probation for burglary and fraud. They were booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio on the following charges:

Raymond Araujo Esther Montoya
Raymond Araujo Esther Montoya

Raymond Araujo was booked for:

  • 10 counts of Burglary (Vehicle and Commercial)
  • 8 counts of Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards
  • 12 counts of Possession of Stolen Property
  • 8 counts of Identity Theft
  • 21 counts of Violation of Probation

Esther Montoya was booked for:

  • 7 counts of Burglary (Vehicle and Commercial)
  • 4 counts of Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards
  • 12 counts of Possession of Stolen Property
  • 4 counts of Identity Theft
  • 14 counts of Violation of Probation

The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team is conducting investigation on other criminal cases that Araujo and Montoya are suspected to be involved with. The La Quinta Police Department would like to encourage anyone with information that may help further our investigation to contact Special Enforcement Team Officers Evan Kibbey or Rebecca Smith at 760-863-8990.

Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

The La Quinta Police Department also encourages our citizens to lock their vehicles and not leave any personal items, such as purses or wallets, in plain view inside their vehicles.

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1 Comment

  1. ironman ironman says:

    Anyone who leaves valuables in plain sight or does not lock their vehicle will without a doubt get robbed.
    I had a friend who got a job in a bad neighborhood, one that I was familiar with and I told him, remove the radio and take it with you to the job. He was late to work the first day and in a hurry left the radio, guess what?

    I had another friend, a NYPD sergeant, when he parked in Manhattan he would unlock all his car doors, open the glove box and spill everything in there onto the floor, no one ever bothered his car! All the thieves thought that someone beat them to it.

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