Felony vandalism charges were filed Wednesday against a pair of convicted felons accused of breaking into a Home Depot warehouse store in Lake Elsinore.
Daniel Robert Turkmany, 34, and Michael Christopher Wood, 46, both of Lake Elsinore, were arrested Monday morning, when they were allegedly caught on the premises of the Home Depot at 18282 Collier Ave.
In addition to vandalism, Turkmany and Wood are each charged with illegal entry and probation violations. They’re slated to make a joint initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center.
The pair are being held at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta — Turkmany in lieu of $25,000 bail, and Wood in lieu of $80,000 bail.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Warrington, deputies were assigned to surveillance at the big box outlet due to “multiple commercial burglaries” there over the last month or so.
Warrington alleged that about 1 a.m. Monday, 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. Wood, who was allegedly caught standing at the fence with burglary tools, was taken into custody without a struggle, Warrington said.
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 uncovered the probationer trying to conceal himself in a box atop one of the racks above the garden center and arrested him without incident, the sergeant said.
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 priors for first-degree burglary, possession of controlled substances, possession of a switchblade and receiving stolen property.