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Flip Off a Cop & Get Caught


June 5, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif – On Thursday May 31 at about 10:30 in the morning Blythe Police responded to a residence in the 300 block of S 5th Street, in regarding a burglary. The responding officer found that a window to the residence had been shattered, and the owner of the home confirmed that there was property missing.

During the investigation the officer received information from a witness that three men were seen running out of the rear yard of the home that had been burglarized. The men had got into a blue SUV driven by a woman which them left the area.

Shortly thereafter, one of the officers familiar with the vehicle and the description of the suspects was contacted by another department employee who related that while on patrol he had seen a vehicle matching the description given by the witness occupied by subjects matching the description. Further, one of the male passengers had apparently flipped him off as it passed which gained his immediate attention. At that he ran the plate which returned to a 2000 Ford Explorer.

Later that morning Blythe Police responded to another residential burglary in the 1100 block of East 14th Ave. The responding officer contacted the home owner and was told that someone had forced entry to the residence and removed property. While the officer was at the scene, he located some of the victim’s property hidden outside of the residence.

Based on physical evidence located at the second burglary, it appeared the two burglaries had possibly been committed by the same suspects.

While still investigating the second burglary, Blythe Police located the blue 2000 Ford Explorer and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 100 block of N. Second Street.

The vehicle was driven by a white female adult, identified as Trisha Dominguez, 32, of Blythe. There were also two male adult passengers, and two male juveniles in the car. The adults were identified as Corey Smith, 18, of Blythe and Irven Pierson, 18, also of Blythe. The two juveniles were both 16, also of Blythe.

Stolen property from both burglaries was located in the vehicle and in the personal possession of Smith. In addition a loaded firearm was also located inside the vehicle.

“It makes you wonder why a 32 year old female is driving around with two 18 year olds and two 16 year olds” said Chief Steve Smith “but, funny thing the daytime burglaries stopped after they were arrested. Great team work by our day shift crew!”

Smith and Pierson were booked into the Riverside county jail for burglary, possession of stolen property, and possession of a loaded firearm. Dominguez was booked for possession of stolen property and possession of a loaded firearm.

Charges are being filed on the two juveniles with Riverside County Juvenile probation.

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


Anyone with information about this or any criminal activity is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at (760) 922-6111. Information can be given anonymously by calling (760) 921-CARE.



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