Temecula, California - During the months of March and April 2016, officers assigned to the Temecula Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team (SET), were conducting follow-up investigations regarding mail theft, and fraud cases in the city of Temecula.
Officers authored a search warrant for an address in the 31000 Block of Gabriel Metsu, an unincorporated area of Murrieta. On April 26, 2016, SET officers contacted a person of interest, Brittany Ball (26 years old) while she was driving away from her house in a stolen vehicle.
Officers served the search warrant at the address, where they found an extensive amount of stolen mail, credit cards, fictitious checks, items used in fraud, and methamphetamine. Ball was arrested for multiple charges including Credit Card Fraud, Possession of Fictitious Checks, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Possession of Methamphetamine for sale. Officers will be contacting the victims as the investigation unfolds. Ball was booked into the Southwest Detention Center.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Officer Punzalan at the Temecula Police Department (951) 696-3000. We would like to encourage residents, and business owners to partner with the Department to help prevent crimes of theft by reducing the opportunity. There are certain practices and behaviors that are deterrents to many crimes of opportunity.
- Please remember to securely lock doors and windows to homes and vehicles to prevent easy access by unauthorized persons.
- Consider installing motion-detector lighting systems for the exterior of homes and businesses.
- Do not leave keys, purses, wallets, or other valuables exposed in unoccupied or parked vehicles.
- Report suspicious persons and vehicles you observe in your neighborhood.
- Handle your personal and financial information and/or documents with security in mind.
Report any crimes to the police department as soon as you reasonably can.
Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.