Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Robert Thomas
File # F222850029
On October 12, 2022, deputies from the Lake Elsinore Station, responded to an armed robbery at a business in the 17600 block of Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore. The investigation revealed an unknown suspect walked into a convenience store, pointed a handgun at the clerk, and took currency from the register. Deputies from the Lake Elsinore Station’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) assumed the investigation, and after developing several promising leads, they were able to identify the suspect as George Cardenas, a 61-year-old resident of Yuma, Arizona.
With the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Unit and members of the Yuma Police Department, Cardenas was located at his residence in Yuma Arizona and arrested without incident. Items related to the robbery were located and Cardenas was booked in a Yuma County jail. Cardenas will be extradited to Riverside County to face charges of armed robbery.
This is an on-going investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Noel of the Lake Elsinore Station by calling 951-245-3300.
As a reminder, "Community Policing" involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff's Dispatch at 951-776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.
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