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Police investigating separate thefts at Turpin home

PERRIS, Calif. - Riverside County Sheriff's Department investigating two separate thefts at the Turpin home in Perris.

David and Louise Turpin are currently behind bars, accused of torturing 12 of their 13 children. The children range in age from 2 to 29. The Turpins would allegedly chain their children to their beds, starve them, among many other forms of emotional and physical torture.

Read: Perris couple plead not guilty to charges of imprisoning 13 children

The Turpins were arrested on Jan. 14 after one of their daughters managed to escape the home and call 911. The Turpins pleaded not guilty to 37 charges and have been barred from contacting their children.

Since the arrest, the home has been vacant outside of authorities investigating the home.

According to Investigator Armando Munoz, the department has taken two calls of reported thefts in the last 72 hours, both involving vehicles at the home.

The first theft occurred Wednesday morning, with a vehicle being reported stolen. Thursday morning, there was another call of a break-in at the home, with a second vehicle being reported stolen.

Thursday morning, at around 2:45 am, Riverside police got a LoJack hit on one of the vehicles reported stolen. They found the stolen vehicle in the area of Harrison and California Street in Riverside. Officers also found the alleged thief, Matthew Wall, 29, of Menifee, hiding in a nearby veterinarian's office, according to Munoz.

According to Officer Ryan Railsback of the Riverside Police Department, a staff member identified Wall as the driver of the stolen car and he was arrested. At this time the Sheriff's Department is not releasing the suspect's identity as they continue to investigate.


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