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Temecula Man Arrested in Burglary of Murrieta Home

Elliott Doneff, 20, of Temecula, was being held on $35,000 bail in the alleged burglary that was reported at about 12:08 p.m. Wednesday in Murrieta, police said.

A Temecula man suspected of breaking into a home Wednesday in Murrieta was arrested after he was positively identified by the victim, police said.

Elliott Doneff, 20, was being held on $35,000 bail in the alleged burglary that was reported at about 12:08 p.m. Wednesday by a resident in the 24000 block of Appian Way in Murrieta.

"The resident came home and a guy came running down from upstairs," Murrieta police Lt. Rob Firmes told Patch. "The resident confronted him—they engaged in a brief scuffle—and (the suspect) took off out the back door of the residence."

The victim contacted police and provided a description of the suspect and said that he had taken a backpack with him. Officers began looking for him based on the information, police said.

"An alert Murrieta police officer observed a male subject, who closely matched the suspect description, a short distance away from the victims' residence," Murrieta police Sgt. Don Weller wrote, in a news release about the alleged burglary. 

According to Firmes, the suspect was located near Symphony Park Drive, off of California Oaks Road.

Police said the suspect was detained and then positively ID'd by the victim.

"Investigation revealed the backpack the suspect was carrying contained miscellaneous items stolen from inside the residence," Weller said. "This backpack was ultimately located and the contents inside were returned to the victim."

Doneff was arrested and booked at Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of residential burglary in the first degree. He was still in custody as of Wednesday night, sheriff's jail records indicated.

Anyone with information regarding this case was asked to call the Murrieta Police Department at 951-696-3615 and ask for the on-duty watch commander. Information can also be provided anonymously through "We Tip" by calling 1-800-78-Crime. 

djschristensen3 September 06, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I love to hear when criminals are arrested quickly! Great job Murrieta PD! And homeowner too for providing a great description under stressful circumstances . Now let's lock him up not let him out for good behavior.
SuzAnne September 06, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Think they could cross reference his finger prints from the ones taken at my house that was burgalirized Monday March 19th 2012 (Temecula).. seems the same MO, as my husband interupted the break in but not after they had taken our things. Our guy had a knife....
Brenda September 06, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Good lord. Sorry to hear about your break in Suz, that is horrible and thank god your husband is safe. This crime going on in Temecula has got to stop and the ages are perfect for druggies, meth heads, which also again shows what a bad drug problem we have here. This guy hopefully has a long record and will do some real time, over 10 years. But no one gets much time anymore if anything. God forbid they have to sleep on the floor or a cot with a blanket at the jail for breaking into someones house, stealing their stuff right? We don't need more prisons, jails, we need chain gangs and they DO THEIR TIME. No more of this early out stuff or reduced sentences because that is why they keep doing this stuff. They know with our "system" they wont do any time, or they might get a bracelet, or they might get to live at a mission for a year, WOW that is some tough time there. Chain gang, doing work on roads, "Ca-Mexico Wall", building parks, and saving cities money at the same time not having to pay a contractor to do it!
JJ Mclure September 07, 2012 at 01:43 PM
it's the liberals that want prisons to be comfy
Maverick September 09, 2012 at 02:01 AM
My Murrieta home was robbed August 21st. I saw 2 white males, early 20's, leaving the scene. The Patch is a great way to share details, hopefully we can catch these guys and put them away.
Popeye September 09, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Temecula is the 2nd Safest city in America. Those are feelings not facts.
john September 09, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Those damn illegal European immigrants.
rosa September 09, 2012 at 08:12 PM
No hispnic gangs this time?????? Cause they usually blame hispanics
GEEBEE3711 January 27, 2013 at 03:33 AM
THESE POOR GUYS HAVE NO DIRECTION AND TRULY NEED HELP MENTALLY THEY ALL DO THINGS FOR A REASON LIKE LOOSING A PARENT AT A YOUNG AGE THEY THINK ITS OKAY HOW ABOUT MENTAL HELP THAN LOCKING THEM UP SOME WERE THAT WONT WORK ! ITS SAD TO HEAR HOW PEOPLE TALK LIKE THEIR NOTHING THESE GUYS HAVE FAMILY AND KIDS HOW DARE SOME OF U TO SPEAK THIS WAY OF A TROUBLED PERSON HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AND CHILDREN PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES AND LEARN FROM THEM AND TO WANT TO GIVE THEM 10 YEARS WOW I WOULD FEEL SORRY FOR HIS KIDS SO HOW BOUT U HAVE SOME SYMPATHY FOR THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND KEEP RUDE COMMENTS TO YOUR SELFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU
GIGI4ME January 27, 2013 at 03:33 AM
THESE POOR GUYS HAVE NO DIRECTION AND TRULY NEED HELP MENTALLY THEY ALL DO THINGS FOR A REASON LIKE LOOSING A PARENT AT A YOUNG AGE THEY THINK ITS OKAY HOW ABOUT MENTAL HELP THAN LOCKING THEM UP SOME WERE THAT WONT WORK ! ITS SAD TO HEAR HOW PEOPLE TALK LIKE THEIR NOTHING THESE GUYS HAVE FAMILY AND KIDS HOW DARE SOME OF U TO SPEAK THIS WAY OF A TROUBLED PERSON HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AND CHILDREN PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES AND LEARN FROM THEM AND TO WANT TO GIVE THEM 10 YEARS WOW I WOULD FEEL SORRY FOR HIS KIDS SO HOW BOUT U HAVE SOME SYMPATHY FOR THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND KEEP RUDE COMMENTS TO YOUR SELFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU
On the right side January 27, 2013 at 04:01 AM
HE MADE A CHOICE!!!! END OF STORY!!!! HANG EM!!!!
GEEBEE3711 January 27, 2013 at 05:50 AM
fucken idiots i feel sorry for those that have no hearts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cuz guess what the family and kids suffer when their gone i supposed u would feel the same about ur son or husband or wife or kids period ne way fuck offf shit talkers
GEEBEE3711 January 27, 2013 at 05:51 AM
u dont him so keep ur thoughts to urself go find something better to do and if it wasnt u in that position then shut up and mind ur business but dont talk bad about some one you dont know people make mistakes and learn from them im sure none of u are saints and how sad how families have to read people talk so low of a family member
GEEBEE3711 January 27, 2013 at 05:52 AM
so hang em? so tell his kids and wife that he should be hung okay nice to know what kind of person u all are
GEEBEE3711 January 27, 2013 at 05:53 AM
gangs dont exist here in temecula sorry their all little kids who think are gang members
On the right side January 27, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Like everyone, HE HAD A CHOICE!!!!!!

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