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Burglar Steals Car and Gun from Temecula Home; Suspect in Custody

Coty Lee Carter, 24, of Temecula, is a suspect in at least two burglaries, according to police.

A 24-year-old Temecula man was arrested early Saturday morning after a search warrant recovered evidence in two burglaries, including one in a Temecula home on Tuesday where a handgun and car were stolen, police said.

Coty Lee Carter, 24, was arrested for felony burglary and possession of stolen property charges and booked into the Southwest Detention Center. Bail was set at $35,000.

On Tuesday morning around 3 a.m., a resident in a home in the 30800 block of Corte Arroyo Vista heard noises inside her home, but didn’t investigate or call for assistance, according to police.

Later that morning around 8:45 a.m., her husband returned home from work and saw that a car was missing from the driveway. When he entered the home he noticed that a burglar had entered through a window and items were missing, including a loaded handgun, according to police. Also missing were keys used to steal the car from the driveway.

Temecula police located the stolen car in the parking lot of the Margarita Summit Apartments in Temecula and obtained a search warrant for an apartment in the 42200 block of Margarita Road on Friday.

During the search police recovered two cars and property from two separate burglaries, according to authorities. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Investigator Mejia or Investigator Dickey at the Temecula Police Department at (951) 696-3000.

Sam February 02, 2013 at 07:55 PM
I hope the homeowner is charged with stupidity by leaving a loaded gun lying around.
Callitlikeitis February 03, 2013 at 04:15 AM
It's now a crime to have a loaded handgun (unsecured) inside ones own home?
unknownone February 03, 2013 at 04:43 AM
i am really hoping his name is typo , really his name is coty? are they sure his name isn't cory?? i wanna see this guy's face, if his name is cory, he owes me 22 bucks.
Brenda February 03, 2013 at 08:48 AM
<~~~loaded gun next to me!! What was this person thinking? And to not get up and investigate the noises? Dogs? Alarm? This woman, God bless she is still alive, and I hope she truly knows that. Good job PD on getting this guy and I wonder how many of the many other burglaries he is responsible for in our area?
LBV Collins February 03, 2013 at 01:33 PM
My thoughts EXACTLY, Sam! Leaving a loaded handgun lying around, unsecured... where a BURGLAR found it?!! (I shudder to think what would have happened if the wife went to investigate the noises in her home and stumbled upon the burglar armed with her handgun.)
JJ Mclure February 03, 2013 at 02:37 PM
another bum ff the street
Mike February 03, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Again what is happening to Temecula? I said last week and the post was rejected Low income housing is part of the problem, And they just keep building them . I hope the market value goes up on the home so I can sell and move to a city with less crime on the rise...... It's like a field day out there
Connie Lingus February 03, 2013 at 03:26 PM
An empty and locked up gun is like an empty or missing fire extinguisher. Remember, when second count, the police are only minutes away. 2 million times per year a firearm saves a life or prevents a rape, most times without even firing the weapon. Half if those were against women like this lucky wife who should have had her firearm close to hand, handgun.... Luckily the husband was s aved from a lifetime of regrets.
TVOR February 03, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Too bad this scumbag didn't get himself shot breaking into an occupied house.
Kansas Walker February 03, 2013 at 07:59 PM
To those who think this is a perfect world, let be break the news that it is not. I see posts about why was the gun loaded, why wasn't it locked up bla bla bla . This was my sister and Brother in Law. THey had just moved in days before this. I ask you, how long did it take you to have everything in your house organized after your last move? There are no kids at this house so why would you have to keep a gun locked up? Oh and both have permits and are legal gun owners. THis burglar can be very thankful that they did not see either of them that night, Just like a deer , when you see one gun, there's more. I can understand locking up and even hiding guns in a house where kids are around, but not when the only 2 that are SUPPOSED to be in the house are very well trained , then I think locking them up in case a robber breaks in is ridiculous . You in Temecula should feel happy to have this couple in your town, they are some of the nicest most caring people in the world.
LBV Collins February 03, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Hi Kansas. First all, let me express my gratefulness that your sister and brother-in-law were not harmed and that police found and arrested the burglar. Having said that, however... The rest of your points are ludicrous. When I moved into my home, my firearm was secured... always... and was never left lying around. And what does not having kids around the home have to do with keeping your firearm secure? (Oh, I know what you're thinking: "What's the worst that can happen?" Ummm... I dunno... maybe a burglar breaks into your home and gains control of your loaded firearm before you do?) Again, I'm grateful nothing happened to your relatives. But as I noted in a previous comment, the outcome could have been a lot worse.
Kansas Walker February 04, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Thank you LBV. I dont know what Id do if anything had happened to them. There is so much more to this story that I understand the comments. In short. . The burglar stole her purse which is how he gained access to her car. This may also help people understand that the gun wasnt just laying around for someone to see and take. I hope that clears up at least some of this. Im sure with knowing those details you can picture someone coming home and setting the purse down and not having oy worh them everywhere they go in the house.
wolfcreek February 04, 2013 at 04:14 AM
surprised that the vehicle was found in the Summit Apartments parking lot and not the Summerhouse Project on Margarita
LetsBfair February 04, 2013 at 06:45 AM
Temecula: 2nd safest city.
Adrian February 04, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Well, Wolfie, enjoy the surprise. Like varity, it's a spice of life. I have to say that it brings a smile to my face to know that, in FACT, the car was not found at Summerhouse. Do yourself a favor and move on from your SH obsession. Take a deep breath, count to ten, then live and let live. Considering that the car was found elsewhere, I am happy for the families in Summerhouse who can sleep in relative peace.
Adrian February 04, 2013 at 08:14 AM
Come christmas, perhaps I can buy you a large broom so you can assembled a sweep-mob to round up all of "those people" and push them right into oblivion. I bet that will win you some browny points at church or on the course. Maybe your multifamily rental,casino employed neighbors will hail you as a hero of sorts. You could be a folk figure for masking your ilk's folly by magnifying that of another. Jesus H. WHOM?; we have St. Wolfcreek, the patron saint of scapegoating.
That Temecula Guy February 04, 2013 at 03:02 PM
What huh? Cleared up what? That she had a loaded weapon in her purse that was laying around? How is that any different? I suppose it's just opinion, but I have never, ever left my weapons sitting out. Sure I have some locked up, but the ones I keep loaded are always close enough for me. Just because they were "well trained" doesn't mean they didn't have a lapse in judgment on how to safely keep a weapon. You better believe that had that weapon been used to hurt anyone else, we'd be looking to the original owner to answer for her stupidity. I don't blame her for the crime, but keeping a loaded weapon in a purse or vehicle out of your area of control just isn't wise. It's simple. It's either with you, or locked up. This culture of firearm ignorance is one of the problems we're seeing across the US. New weapon safety rule: If it isn't locked up or in your possession, assume someone else is going to steal it or use it against you.
That Temecula Guy February 04, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Why?
JJ Mclure February 04, 2013 at 03:21 PM
if you have to lock up guns, then add booze and meds
LBV Collins February 04, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Good morning, Kansas. From the additional detail you provided, it sounds as if your sister carries her firearm in her purse. True? (If so, I assume she has a concealed weapons permit.) You make an interesting point about using firearms for home protection: Not carrying your firearm with you everywhere in the house. I suspect that's the fallacy of keeping a weapon in the home for protection; It's typically not at-the-ready if an intruder breaks into your home and confronts you. My firearm is locked away in a gun vault. While the gun vault is in an accessible location, it's in a particular room... a room that I don't occupy every single moment I'm home. So if I happen to take a shower or a bathroom break at the moment an intruder breaks into my home, my firearm won't do me much good since it will be out of reach. And I suspect my situation is the identical for just about all gun owners... our firearms are not quickly, immediately accessible at a moment of need. Again, I'm grateful nothing happened to your relatives.
Fade67 February 04, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Wow! What city did you live in before...Utopia?!? Temecula has to be one of the nicest/safest communities in the entire country.
GD February 04, 2013 at 11:43 PM
A loaded gun that's not right with you is equally useless. In fact, a loaded gun that's not on your person is more dangerous to YOU than it is to an intruder, who can simply pick up the gun you left lying around. This woman is very lucky her own weapon didn't get used against her.
TVOR February 07, 2013 at 04:06 AM
For god's sake wolfcreek, will you get off the summerhouse thing already? They didn't open up a transitional housing facility there so you can rest easy and let it go.
TVOR February 07, 2013 at 04:09 AM
A locked up gun never killed anybody, just as it never protected anybody. When and under what circumstances a gun is locked up is the responsibility of the gun owner. It's awful easy to be the armchair quarterback when you have such limited information about an incident.
Kansas Walker February 07, 2013 at 08:39 AM
TVOR, you are so right. Thank you for being reasonable. It does no good to lock up the only means of defense you have just in case a burglar breaks into the house to steal it. Isn't that why you have a gun in the first place? Also your comment about people having limited information, You have no idea how limited information there is. My sister and her husband ( The victims in this story ) both have a concealed carry permit, not just in California either. In fact he was very instrumental in tracking down the suspect. THe police department did a great job and you all should , as I'm sure you are, very proud of the work they do.
TVOR February 08, 2013 at 03:55 AM
I do think any guns in the home when the owner is not, should be securely locked up. One must have the means to defend their home and family when they are home though. A gun with a lock on it is unlikely to be of any use when an intruder comes rushing in. Perhaps you won't be in the same room where the gun is but at least there is a chance of defending yourself if there is a usable firearm in the house.
Kansas Walker February 08, 2013 at 05:24 AM
I think we can all agree with that.

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