One of four men who allegedly vandalized and burglarized a Norco Target store after a police protest in Riveside was released from custody Wednesday, while his three cohorts remain at large.
Van Bigman Lindsay, 24, of Apple Valley and the three other men are suspected of trying to loot a CVS Pharmacy in downtown Riverside following Monday’s demonstration, which involved nearly 6,000 people, and which turned confrontational after some participants began hurling pyrotechnics at deputies and Riverside police, prompting the riot squad to break up the gathering and arrest seven people, said Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Luke Torres.
Lindsay was arrested Monday night on suspicion of felony burglary, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license. He was booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, but released Wednesday morning after posting $10,000 bail.
About 10 p.m. Monday, he and the other men allegedly drove to the closed store in a white GMC Suburban, went to the front entrance and used unspecified instruments to break windows. Patrol deputies were alerted to the break-in by alarms and converged on the location within a few minutes, Torres said.
The suspects fled as deputies entered the premises. Lindsay tried to leave through an emergency exit at the rear of the outlet and was grabbed, Torres alleged, adding that there was a brief struggle before he was wrestled into custody.
No one was injured and Lindsay’s alleged co-conspirators have not been identified.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Jurupa Valley station at 951-955-2600.