By Michael P, Neufeld
San Bernardino, CA – When is a Crestline burglary ring suspect really not a fugitive?
The answer is. . . when he’s already in custody in another county and unable to show in San Bernardino County for a court hearing the day after he’s arrested by the Riverside Police Department for violation of state parole.
Damien Gnotta, 32, is alleged to have been involved in a burglary ring involving several other suspects that was broken up in February of last year. But on January 25, Gnotta was scheduled to appear before Judge Kyle S. Brodie in San Bernardino County Superior Court for a readiness hearing on a felony charge of being in possession of stolen property. When he failed to appear, Judge Brodie issued a warrant for his arrest and denied a defense request to issue and hold the warrant.
The day before the San Bernardino County hearing, Riverside Police arrested Gnotta and he was held without bail on an unsentenced court commitment and housed at Riverside County’s Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
Gnotta was arrested January 24 at 10:25 p.m. and booked at 11:23 p.m., according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department booking records.
He is scheduled to appear in Riverside Superior Court on Friday, February 8, at 8 a.m.
The reported burglary ring involves Gnotta — whose Crestline address was shown as being in the 600 block of Rose Hill Drive — and the following individuals from Riverside:
* Beth Lynn Goldsmith, 22 – GUILTY
* Gabrielle Monahan, 24 – FUGITIVE
* Michelle Fisher, 20 – FUGITIVE
Goldsmith will be sentenced Wednesday, February 6, in Department S-24 at 8:30 a.m. after accepting a plea bargain and being found guilty of taking an automobile without the owner’s consent and being in receipt of stolen property.
Monahan, listed as a fugitive from San Bernardino County, was arrested by Riverside Police and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on September 21 of last year. She was released from custody on January 14 of this year, according to jail records.
Fisher was declared a fugitive January 8 by Judge Brodie.
A traffic stop on February 17 for a minor traffic infraction led to the arrest of Monahan, Fisher and 28-year-old Donald Larsen (not charged in this case). Deputies discovered a variety of alleged stolen items including a laptop computer, several car stereos, financial paperwork reportedly stolen from several vehicles and even shaved keys used to steal vehicles.
Deputies also searched a Riverside residence where they reportedly discovered even additional stolen merchandise, including computer hard drives, additional car stereos, banking records and other personal information from alleged victims.