Two men who are believed to be tied to a recent rash of rooftop break ins have been arrested and detained by the Riverside Police. Authorities have said they believe that other suspects may be connected to this crime and are asking anyone who might have additional information to please come forward.
The incidents began at about 1 a.m. on April 11 after a Riverside PD officer saw an odd van parked outside a local market. Police say that witnesses to the rooftop commercial burglaries reportedly described that same vehicle as being the getaway car during those crimes. Investigators believe that vehicle is tied to at least two other break ins.
Riverside PD officials reportedly approached the van on foot but it sped off. A car chase ensued. The suspects eventually pulled over and attempted to evade capture on foot. During this time a squad car was dispatched to the market to look for signs of forced entry. Police saw another suspect who ran off. He escaped but RPD investigators said he left behind a set of burglary tools. Evidence gathered from the scene indicates they attempted to gain access to the business by cutting through its roof.
A call reporting suspicious individuals was placed to dispatch several hours later. It was at that time that Jerome Grigsby and Curwun Flowers were arrested and transported to the Riverside County Jail to be booked into the system. Grigsby is being held without bail. Flowers’ bail has been set at $5,000. He faces charges of attempted second-degree burglary. Both men are scheduled to be arraigned later this week.