TYPE OF EVENT: Commercial Burglary
CHARGES: (PC) 460(b)- Commercial Burglary.
(PC) 463(a)-Looting while committing a burglary during a state of emergency.
(PC) 496(a) – Possession or stolen property.
SUSPECTS: Raphael Schumacher- 37 year old Ridgecrest resident.
Rolando Estrada- 41 year old Ridgecrest resident.
On 07/19/19, at approximately 1040 PM, the Ridgecrest Police Dispatch Center received a call of a burglary in progress at the Ridgecrest Cinemas (1601 N Triangle Drive). Officers responded and located an open door to the building. Officers searched the building and did not locate anyone, but discovered the business had been burglarized. Officers processed the scene and collected evidence.
Detectives responded and collected more evidence the following morning, including video from surrounding businesses. A person of interest was identified from surveillance video.
On 07/23/19, detectives received vital information from a concerned citizen. Detectives and patrol followed up on the lead and conducted a probation search at Raphael Schumacher’s residence. Stolen property from the theater was located and he was placed under arrest.
The first person of interest, Rolando Estrada, was located after that and subsequently taken into custody also. More of the theater’s property was located.
Schumacher and Estrada were booked on the above listed charges and booked at a Kern County Jail. A PRCS (Post Release Community Supervision) hold was also placed on Schumacher.
We would like to thank the community for being vigilant and for providing crucial information that helped with the case.
Jed McLaughlin, Chief of Police