Perris Man Arrested for Burglary of His Former Place of Employment

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GRAND TERRACE – A 41-year-old Perris man was arrested for the commercial burglary of his past employer, Wilden Pump Engineering. Although the burglary took place several months ago, on Thursday, May 5, 2016, the arrest of the suspect was made on Friday, October 21, 2016.

The theft of a welder valued at approximately $5,000 took place on May 5th between 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Clear, high definition infrared video surveillance from multiple angles captured the then-unidentified man jumping over the wall of the business to steal a Blue Miller Mig Welder that was in a locked equipment room. 

The victim, Wilden Pump Engineering Company reported the burglary and were able to provide video surveillance, the item description, and the serial number of the missing welder. The investigation led to suspect leads and to the positive identification of a past employee, David Arriaga.

Central Station Detectives served a search and arrest warrant on the Perris home of Arriaga on Friday, October 21, 2016. Arriaga was taken into custody and was subsequently interviewed at the Central Station. Following the interview, Arriaga was booked into the Central Detention Center for the commercial burglary. The missing welder has yet to be located, and the search is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Detective Division at (909)387-3545. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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