Police Link Suspect To Bizarre Crossbow Robbery In Temecula

William Paul Bolczak is suspected in the bizarre March 8 robbery that took place at the shop located at 31141 Temecula Parkway.

A man suspected of using a crossbow to hold up Temecula’s J&S Smoke Shop on March 8 is in custody, police confirmed Friday.

William Paul Bolczak, 42, of Hemet, is in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, according to Sgt. Lisa McConnell of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He is being held at North County Correctional Facility in Castaic on unrelated charges, she said.

Charges have not yet been filed in the Temecula case, McConnell confirmed.

Bolczak is suspected in the bizarre March 8 robbery that took place at the shop located at 31141 Temecula Parkway.

According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. James Larsen, witnesses reported “the suspect came into the store wearing a motorcycle helmet and carrying a crossbow. The suspect brandished the crossbow at the clerk and demanded money. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken and the suspect fled the store."

A search for the suspect ensued, but he eluded police.

According to a Press-Enterprise news report, the alleged thief was eventually linked to the robbery using data gleaned from a privately-owned automatic license plate scanner mounted near the crime scene.

LBV Collins April 05, 2013 at 10:22 PM
"The only way to stop a bad guy with a crossbow is with a good guy with a crossbow." Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President, NRA
Brian Van Diest April 06, 2013 at 01:13 AM
djschristensen3 April 06, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Privately owned automatic license plate scanner? who would need one of these?
Artemis Gordon April 06, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Bruno April 07, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Most major universities, Federal buildings and other government buildings have the same commercially available license plate scanners. Private companies also use them at the camera/red light traps.
Word Smith April 07, 2013 at 05:48 PM
LBV, Your comment made me laugh out loud!


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