A convicted felon and another man were arrested Monday for allegedly breaking into a Home Depot in Lake Elsinore that was under surveillance by deputies because of recent criminal activity.
Daniel Robert Turkmany, 34, and Michael Christopher Wood, 46, both of Lake Elsinore, were booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy and vandalism. Bail was set at $25,000 for Turkmany and $10,000 for Wood.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Warrington, deputies were assigned to surveillance at the Home Depot in the 18200 block of Collier Avenue due to “multiple commercial burglaries” at the home improvement business over the last month or so.
Warrington alleged that about 1 a.m., the team observed two men — later identified as Turkmany and Wood — approach the chain-link fence around the perimeter of the Home Depot garden center and cut through it.
Additional deputies were summoned and surrounded the location. Warrington said Wood was allegedly caught standing at the fence with burglary tools. He was taken into custody without a struggle.
However, deputies could not immediately find Turkmany, and a K9 unit was deployed to flush him out, according to the sergeant.
Roughly an hour later, the sheriff’s canine found the convicted felon allegedly trying to conceal himself in a box atop one of the racks above the garden center, Warrington said. He was arrested without incident.
According to court records, Turkmany has several prior convictions for possession of controlled substances, as well as shoplifting, theft and possession of brass knuckles.
Court records show Wood has several misdemeanor drug-related convictions.
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