CASSEL: Couple arrested during residential burglary investigation

CASSEL — A couple with six warrants between them who were found to be in possession of stolen property and burglary tools was apprehended during a residential burglary investigation in Cassel, Friday afternoon, Aug. 17. The pair was arrested after reportedly fleeing from deputies investigating a residential alarm activation on the 40000 block of Cassel Dr.


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Deputies responded to the home about 3:19 p.m., after receiving reports of the alarm activation. After arriving in the area deputies spotted a man, later identified as 28-year-old, Maurice Alessandro, fleeing from the area on foot.

Deputies set up a perimeter in the area and soon located a female, later identified as 28-year-old, Gloria Martinez-Winn and detained the woman while they continued searching for her companion.

Officials eventually located Alessandro hiding behind a garage at a neighboring residence and apprehended him without further incident. Investigating deputies conducted records checks on the pair and learned both had active warrants for their arrest for failures to appear in court on prior criminal charges, according to Shasta County Sheriff’s officials. Martinez-Winn had one warrant and Alessandro had five warrants.

During their subsequent investigation, deputies learned that the home where the alarm activation originated was owned by Alessandro’s mother, but the victim told deputies the pair did not have permission to be at her home, officials said after the couple’s arrest.

Deputies also located Alessandro’s vehicle parked near the residence and discovered stolen tools as well as tools commonly used to burglarize homes and vehicles.

Based on their investigation, deputies arrested the duo and they were booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding for their multiple warrants. Additionally, Alessandro was booked on suspicion of trespassing, possession of stolen property, and possession of burglary tools.

Although online jail records indicated Martinez-Winn was released shortly after she was booked into jail, Alessandro remains in custody on $121,000 bail.


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Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and The Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.