Suspects Arrested Following Burglary Attempt, Pursuit

Story is updated with identification of the two suspects: Murrieta police today released the identities of two Riverside men arrested Tues...

Story is updated with identification of the two suspects:

Murrieta police today released the identities of two Riverside men arrested Tuesday in connection with a string of burglary attempts at a local Chase Bank ATM.

David Silva Jr., 27 (left), was booked for auto theft, conspiracy, grand theft, possession of methamphetamine, failure to yield, hit and run, and a parole violation.

James William Costilow Jr., 34 (below right), was booked for a parole violation, conspiracy, grand theft, failure to yield and hit and run.

Both suspects were granted bail enhancements by the court to $1 million, police said today.

Tuesday's arrests were the culmination of an investigation that dates back to May. Police confronted two suspects as they were leaving the Chase Bank in the 40600 block of California Oaks Road and began a chase of the suspects as they fled.

The Murrieta Valley Unified School District was notified of the police activity based on the fact that one of the suspects was believed to be in the area of Shivela Middle School and Murrieta Mesa High School. Lockdowns or delay in classes for those schools was planned, but those actions were cancelled after that suspect was taken into custody at 6:36 a.m.

Over the last few months, detectives from the Murrieta Police Department, working with the FBI, discovered a number of cases with matching circumstances throughout Southern California. To date, the FBI has over a dozen cases of Chase drive-up ATM attacks. Two of those occurred May 17 and July 12 at the same Murrieta Chase Bank location.

On Monday, detectives from the Murrieta Police Department, through investigative leads, determined that the Chase ATM on California Oaks was a possible target for a third attack. Tuesday morning at 1:54 a.m., detectives and Officers from the Murrieta Police Department, working a surveillance detail, confronted the ATM theft suspects as they were in the act of taking the cash drawer by force.

Two suspects fled the scene -- one on a motorcycle and one in a cargo van. Their attempt to hit the ATM for a third time was unsuccessful, police said. Officers attempted to stop both suspects as they fled the area north and south on Jackson Avenue.

The motorcycle, a 2006 Kawasaki Ninja, was involved in a traffic collision on northbound Jackson Avenue and the driver fled on foot. The cargo van fled south on Jackson and into the Rite-Aid lot and ultimately collided with a block wall in the lot, disabling the van. The driver of the 2013 Ford Econoline van also fled on foot. The Econoline van was later confirmed to be a stolen vehicle.

An extensive search of both the Colony retirement community and the neighborhood near Malbec Street and Chianti Circle was conducted. The Murrieta Police Department asked for the assistance of CHP, Border Patrol and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for the search. All four agencies worked to set immediate containment on both neighborhoods.

By 2 a.m., a yard to yard search was being conducted by four police service dogs accompanied by multiple officers in both locations. At 3:55 a.m., one suspect, last seen fleeing from the downed motorcycle, was arrested near Colony Drive and Via Andorra in the Colony. At 6:36 a.m., the second suspect, last seen fleeing from the disabled Econoline van, was arrested on Chianti Circle.


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