An example of a canoe on a lake. Photo from Pixabay.
An example of a canoe on a lake. Photo from Pixabay.

A convicted drug offender and another man accused of breaking into a Lake Elsinore home and stealing guns, then trying to escape by canoeing across the lake, were both charged Thursday with felony burglary.

Jesse Joewayne Yocham, 20, and Thomas Carlos De La Rosa, 23, both of Lake Elsinore, were arrested in the predawn hours Tuesday after the alleged break-in near the intersection of Kansas Street and Ryan Avenue.

Each man is being held in lieu of $35,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta. They’re slated to make a joint initial court appearance Thursday afternoon at the nearby Southwest Justice Center.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Askins, an Elsinore resident on Ryan Avenue called 911 about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday to report the sound of glass breaking at a neighboring residence, apparently unoccupied at the time.

A sheriff’s helicopter crew was sent to the location, along with patrol units, and two men were spotted boarding a canoe on the lakeshore a couple of blocks from the house, preparing to row onto the water using shovels in lieu of oars, Askins said.

When the duo — later confirmed to be Yocham and De La Rosa — realized they’d been seen, they bolted into bushes in an attempt to hide, according to the sergeant. Deputies on the ground swarmed the area and flushed them out, taking both men into custody without a struggle, Askins said.

Back in the canoe, deputies seized three rifles, a pellet gun, a knife and miscellaneous items allegedly stolen from the home, the sergeant said.

According to court records, Yocham has misdemeanor convictions for possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. De La Rosa has no documented prior felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.

–City News Service

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