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Arrests for Trailer Theft throughout the County

May 12, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Several weeks ago, members of the Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (R.A.I.D.) assisted allied agencies with an investigation involving several thefts of travel trailers and cargo trailers throughout Riverside County. These thefts were committed by 2-3 male suspects driving a white mid-90’s Dodge Ram. Many of the thefts occurred at storage facilities when the suspects would gain access to a facility, attach a trailer to the vehicle’s tow hitch, and then exit the storage facility. On several occasions, the suspects also burglarized other trailers and storage units prior to stealing a trailer and driving out of the facility.

Daniel Onstine

Boh Underwood

During the course of this investigation, 46 year-old Daniel Onstine and 30 year-old Boh Underwoodwere positively identified as two of the suspects committing these thefts. On April 18, 2016, about 5:20 a.m., with the assistance of the Hemet Police Department, Onstine was pulled over driving his white Dodge Ram and arrested for possession of stolen property. Onstine was towing a stolen cargo trailer containing two stolen quads he and Boh Underwood had stolen from a storage facility in San Diego County. Searches were conducted at residences within the 27000 block of Columbia Street and 600 block of Kellie Way, Hemet. Information was developed which led to the recovery of a large amount of stolen property including the recovery of a stolen travel trailer, and a stolen cargo trailer. Daniel Onstine and Boh Underwood were arrested and booked into jail on multiple counts of criminal charges involving vehicle theft, conspiracy, and possession of stolen property.

As a result of this extensive criminal investigation, Daniel Onstine, Boh Underwood and additional accomplices are believed to be responsible for committing over 20 vehicle and property thefts throughout Riverside and San Diego counties. 

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact RAID Investigator Norbert Moll at (951) 955-2770. Due to the high volume of trailer thefts committed, the public is encouraged to check on stored trailers to ensure they were not a victim of theft. Furthermore, the public should take appropriate measures to lock and secure their trailers in efforts to prevent future thefts. 

R.A.I.D. is a multi-agency task force comprised of law enforcement personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Riverside Police Department, Murrieta Police Department, National Insurance Crime Bureau, and the Department of Insurance. R.A.I.D.’s mission is to investigate, arrest and prosecute criminals responsible for Riverside County vehicle theft. Anyone with information related to vehicle theft can report anonymously to R.A.I.D. at (951) 955-2770.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form or call the WETIP anonymous hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463).

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