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Transient Arrested in Murrieta Commercial 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 Murrieta 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.

Galactic Cannibal September 24, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Surprise Surprise. 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
Jon Sims September 24, 2012 at 03:48 PM
This story proved your sentiment wrong, take your cop hating elsewhere.
Galactic Cannibal September 24, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Hey Dude : Jon Sims . I do not hate Cops that is a gross assumption of your part. Read this Dude 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: 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."
Galactic Cannibal September 24, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Hey Dude : Jon Sims . I do not hate Cops that is a gross assumption of your part. Read this Dude 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: 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."

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