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Police: Woman Suspected of Stealing Teenager's iPad ID'd, Arrested

Following a story and surveillance photos published on Patch sites in southwest Riverside County, Murrieta police Sgt. Robert Anderson said the department “received numerous calls and emails” identifying the suspect as Wendy Sue Sailer, 46.

Police believe the woman shown in the attached surveillance photos taken at Los Jilbertos—suspected of snagging the iPad at the restaurant’s self-serve drink station—  is Wendy Sue Sailer, 46.
Police believe the woman shown in the attached surveillance photos taken at Los Jilbertos—suspected of snagging the iPad at the restaurant’s self-serve drink station— is Wendy Sue Sailer, 46.

A woman accused of stealing a teenager’s iPad while he ate with his family at a Mexican restaurant in Murrieta has been identified and arrested on suspicion of theft, a police sergeant confirmed Tuesday.

Following a story and surveillance photos published on Patch sites in southwest Riverside County, Murrieta police Sgt. Robert Anderson said the department “received numerous calls and emails” identifying the suspect as Wendy Sue Sailer, 46, of Murrieta.

Police believe Sailer is the blond woman captured on surveillance footage—at about 4:38 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at Los Jilbertos, 25021 Madison Ave.—whom saw the iPad at the restaurant’s self-serve drink station, then quietly slipped the gadget into her purse as the boy and his family searched the restaurant for it.

Anderson said Murrieta police went to Sailer’s home Thursday—Thanksgiving—in an attempt to contact her but she did not answer her door. A detective corporal ultimately arrested Sailer on Friday on suspicion of petty theft, the sergeant said.

Jail booking information regarding Sailer's arrest was not available Tuesday.

The iPad has been returned to the teenager, he said.

“We wish to thank your readers very much for their help in identifying the subject so that we could make a timely arrest and recover the property,” Anderson said. “The family was very grateful.”

Editor’s Note: The outcome of these allegations, as well as the facts, may change as the case progresses through the legal system. Not all details of each investigation are made public. All items are alleged to have occurred. There should be no assumption of guilt.

Anthony Craft December 03, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Justice!
TemeculaMom December 03, 2013 at 05:25 PM
That's awesome for them. Got my cell phone stolen at the dmv and they wouldn't do anything. I asked if they could look at their surveillance video and they said no. Amazing because obviously the thief was in there and wasn't leaving anytime soon.
Roger December 03, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Book her Danno
Brenda December 05, 2013 at 08:33 PM
I am so glad this witch was caught. Its bad enough kids think they can steal things like this but a grown and aged woman?? Seriously Lady you stink to high heaven and further. You are known now and I hope this embarrasses you so bad you never show your face again and maybe let your hair go back to its normal gray. This is so despicable its beyond words, or enough of them. Seriously if this chick is a limo driver I saw her at Pechanga the other night picking up a few older ladies. When I saw that Gal I thought it was her like by 70% they looked so much alike. The limo driver actually looked tweeked out on something either Monsters or something a bit worse.
Diane Johnson December 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Brenda, you are a nut job! Your post doesn't even make sense. You don't have to comment on every story.
Brenda December 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Woot got ya out again Diane!! 3 times and not to comment on a article written by the "Patch" about a boys IPad getting stolen by a full grown WOMAN, but to try and ridicule me. You are a real prize Diane, real winner to not have a bit of concern over things that go on in our City, or the perpetrators, maybe recognize them, turn them in. I do NOT comment on every story, and certainly do not have time, and if you took the time to go and LOOK you would see THAT Dear. But instead if you just look at my log and hit one to come and call me names, then I hope it makes your day, or your ego, or ah whatever it is that it gets you. Sorry, but my forte is not stalking people around a News site, seeing where they comment and go and call them names, so I totally do NOT understand what you get out of it. Its a sickness? Hell if I know why you would do that. But three comments in a year and only to insult me instead of getting involved in the conversation? Strange and hey my comment above is very clear and precise. Put it in Word and rewrite it then if it doesn't make sense, and I will have you know I got all A's through school and college English, so there.!! neener neener neener! Steve I have one of my stalkers out roaming again too!! LOL.

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