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Press Release: Stolen Vehicle Arrest
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Perris
Written Date: January 24, 2020 Time: 9:30 AM
Incident Date: January 7, 2020 Time: 11:34 AM
Incident Location: 18000 Block of Hibiscus Avenue, Mead Valley
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Aaron Avila
File Number(s): PC200070015


Michael Helfritz

On January 7, 2020, Dispatch received a call from a citizen reference a possible stolen Can-Am off-road vehicle at a residence in the 18000 block of Hibiscus Avenue. When deputies arrived, the suspect rammed the victim’s vehicle with the Can-Am and fled. Deputies attempted an enforcement stop for the stolen Can-Am and the vehicle failed to yield. A short pursuit ensued and the suspect eluded capture.   

A deputy assigned to the Perris Station Special Enforcement Team assumed the investigation. With public assistance, the suspect was identified as Michael Helfritz, a 24-year-old resident from Gavilan Hills. During the investigation, Helfritz was identified as a suspect in another stolen vehicle investigation.

On January 22, with the assistance of members from the Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID), Helfritz was located near the court house in downtown Riverside. Helfritz was arrested and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center for assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle, and evading law enforcement. 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with additional information regarding this investigation to contact Deputy Dave Thomas at the Perris Station by calling 951-210-1128.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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