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Transient Arrested in Temecula Eatery Burglaries

Christopher Steven Mead, 53, was arrested following a short foot pursuit in Temecula about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin McDonald.

A transient suspected in a string of burglaries around Temecula was behind bars Sunday.

Christopher Steven Mead, 53, was arrested following a short foot pursuit in Temecula about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin McDonald.

He was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of second-degree burglary, attempted burglary, grand theft and parole violation, jail records indicate.

Mead was being held on no bail, pending a court appearance Wednesday, records show.

The pursuit and arrest occurred when a patrolling sheriff's deputy spotted a vehicle linked to burglaries that occurred earlier this month at two Asian restaurants: the Korean BBQ Village and the Hana Sushi Restaurant, a sergeant wrote in a news release.

When the deputy stopped the vehicle -- at Temecula Parkway near Margarita Road -- the suspect got out and ran but soon after was caught hiding behind a trash bin, McDonald wrote.

Mead is wanted on two burglary warrants in Riverside County, a burglary warrant out of San Bernardino County and a state parole warrant, the sergeant said.

He is also suspected in four other commercial burglaries in Temecula and several more in Murrieta.

Authorities in both cities were investigating further, McDonald said.

Anyone with information was asked to call detectives at 951-696-3000.

Mrs. MacGillicuttie September 25, 2012 at 07:53 PM
adrian-can u tell me how many electrons does the neutral element have?? thanks-
Mrs. MacGillicuttie September 25, 2012 at 07:56 PM
F, Brenda-you sound like the kind of person that would make a dead horse sick talking the way you do.
Brenda September 26, 2012 at 07:57 AM
Excuse me Mrs. MacGillicuttie? Do I curse, use bad grammar, need spell check?
Galactic Cannibal September 26, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Surprise Surprise. That the cops didn't shoot him " as they feared for their lives". Like the cops in Huston who shot and killed a man with one leg and one arm in a wheel chair, because "they feared for their lives" The amputee in the wheel chair in Huston was "waving a pen at them" when they shot an killed him. Advice STAY away from Cops: 96% of cops are bullies, and have low intellect. Read this and then ask yourself why there is no record kept on Cops who kill unarmed Americans. "Want detailed information on how many people were shot by police in the United States last year? That's not so easy to find. The nation's leading law enforcement agency collects vast amounts of information on crime nationwide, but missing from this clearinghouse are statistics on where, how often, and under what circumstances police use deadly force. In fact, no one anywhere comprehensively tracks the most significant act police can do in the line of duty is take a life." "We don't have a mandate to do that," said William Carr, an FBI spokesman in Washington, D.C. "It would take a request from Congress for us to collect that data." Congress, it seems, hasn't asked."
Brenda September 26, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Gal CAN, I am so totally with you on this story, AND there was more then one cop there per the article. It says the wheelchair bound guy had them cornered in a corner with his wheelchair, and they could not tell what he was holding. Hell I wear glasses, and without my glasses I can see down the street and know if someone is holding a pen or a gun for godsake. Who is going to believe that story?:??? Also tear gas? Pepper spray, tazer? Baton? Grab the fricking PEN????????? And he is on a 3 day off officer shooting to unstress WITH PAY. PS: while he was getting heated up and arguing before they called the police on him, just where exactly was he holding his gun the whole time???? Did the ones working there see a gun? See him holding it with one hand? I dont know, sitting on it? Not alot of places for him to be holding it right? And in all that time they didnt see all he was holding was a pen? Jeesus christ, I am crying again over this one, just makes me sick. RAWR

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