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Posted on: August 10, 2023

Possession of Stolen Property/Felon in Possession of a Firearm/Carjacking Vehicle out of Arizona

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Riverside County Sheriff-Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Ed Reynoso

File # A232220009


On August 10, 2023, Riverside County Sheriff’s - Colorado River Station (CRS) received information of a stolen vehicle taken during an armed carjacking in Phoenix, AZ, traveling towards Blythe. The suspect was considered armed and dangerous. At 8:05 a.m., the vehicle was observed by CRS deputies being driven within the city limits of Blythe. A traffic enforcement stop of the vehicle ensued and the driver, later identified as Lenny Vanhorenbeeck, 28-year-old of Mesa, Arizona, was taken into custody without incident. A shotgun was located leaning on the passenger side of the center console inside of the vehicle. Vanhorenbeeck was booked at the Blythe Jail for Possession of Stolen Property and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Personnel from the Colorado River Station are working closely with the Mesa Police Department (AZ) and Phoenix Police Department (AZ) for additional criminal charges being sought in Arizona related to this case.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Deputy Ritchie at (760) 921-7900.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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