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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.

Brenda September 23, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Cool, another one down.
JAH September 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM
That is funny stuff right there ^^^^^^^
Adrian September 24, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Brenda, another what down? Another burglar, or another transient?
Paul September 24, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Adrian are not the two the same????
Ognir Rattsa September 24, 2012 at 03:37 AM
We could have had more of these folks if Project TOUCH were allowed to operate on Rancho California Rd a couple of years ago. Thank God there are less of this type around.
Adrian September 24, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Paul, the two criteria cross in this incident, but not in principle. I am just wondering which group Brenda is counting down.
Nancy Benson September 24, 2012 at 07:46 AM
Of it, I hope you are being sarcastic. If Project Touch was around, he would have had a place to stay and food to eat. This may have avoided his need to rob.
Brenda September 24, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Burglar silly Adrian! Transients bother me only because we do not have adequate places for them to stay in Southeast Riverside, well Temecula, Murrieta area's. I see more and more under the freeway passes and it breaks my heart that we do not have the resources anymore to house, feed and help these people, especially if they have medical/mental/abuse problems.
Brenda September 24, 2012 at 07:58 AM
Burglaries on houses Adrian. We have had so many this past year I have forgotten actually where we were at last count, and those were the only ones listed in the Patch. One group of 4 were responsible for 31, and another group of 3 or 4 was also responsible for a large amount. I also know that about 6 months ago they were working on getting another group of them burglarizing houses in the daytime. As I am home most days with my grandson(big dogs and locked and loaded, alarmed however) I like to know what is going on around us as all of us should be.
Brenda September 24, 2012 at 08:08 AM
Nancy you are so right. As I mentioned above if we had resources for these men, women, some with children, and their animals, they would have a roof over their heads, a place to sleep, food etc. We no longer have resources, as we did when I was young, to help our own people. As 35% have mental issues and most of the rest have medical/health problems/substance abuse issues they are left to their own devices. Going to take this step and say this, but we can send illegals to college in California but not take care of our homeless, mentally, medically ill, substance abuse problems. There is no way they can afford these snazzy high cost programs, or succeed in our programs that do exist for them today in county land for one week. Most all homeless have these issues, and we do nothing to help them. We used to have short and long term houses, rehab centers paid for by state, government programs, and non profit organizations. They would get medical, mental health worked on, and also substance abuse and now we just keep tossing them back out on the streets, our own people with one in 4 of them starving and no warm clothes. I pray we get programs in place so that we can take care of our USA citizens prior to anyone else, including rebuilding all these homeless shelters, houses, etc. So they can get better, and do jobs assigned to them to help pay back for what they recieve. The work for aid programs, but they also get the help that homeless all eventually need.
Brenda September 24, 2012 at 08:08 AM
Oh, I was not being sarcastic at all, nor do I know who was. Didnt catch that part.
Cash September 24, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I don't feel sorry for these people, I feel sorry for the families that are working hard and barely getting by. These homeless can work just like anyone else, it's called being lazy. And do not pull the mental card, If he can rob and steal he can pick up trash or wash a car. Throw him in jail!
Bruin September 24, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Cash, very well said, I totally agree!!!
Cik Bast September 24, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I bet he wishes he was a Mexican Illegal. He'd be back on the streets in no time, in California, to continue his nefarious activities.
Dicker September 24, 2012 at 03:48 PM
SInce the GOP do not care about the 47%, they certainly don't care about those below that line.
Ognir Rattsa September 24, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Project TOUCH does provide services such as meal vouchers, clothing and motel vouchers. A permanent homeless type shelter will attract more the individuals listed in this article. Project TOUCH was no where near capable to handle what they attempted to do and they tried to force the city's hand by breaking several laws and code violations. Homeless shelters are not the answer and they are being phased out nationwide. Most states and nonprofits provide the support services for those that want help; not for those that exploit it. This enpowers the individual who truly wants help to become self sufficient and not have an victim/dependant mentality. I appalud your sentiment; however, in my opinion as a retired health and human services worker, most folks are naive and gullible to what is really happening out there.
Brenda September 25, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I agree with alot of you last posters here, but at least 35% of homeless have untreated mental health issues, and then about the same amount have drug/alcohol issues. Divide up the rest between those who actually like living homeless, those who have no family or friends to help them get out of the big hole so that they can start anew with the small amount of aid they are getting(if they are getting it) and those with criminal records who are not able to find a job because of the record, and of course just the ones you call low lives that really fall into the percentage that just like to live homeless. They feel its freedom from the government, society, do not have to answer to anyone but themself. Illegals are not with the normal groups of homeless they hide out in trailors on other properties, in camps, tunnels, and in houses, sheds also and arent really homeless or destitute. They all end up working at something. If they paid a drug Jeffe for their trip here they usually make drugs until that is paid off which can take years! Considering a well paid mexican in mexico makes 60 to 80 dollars a week they end up having to work forever to pay that 2k to 5k coyote fee depending on where they need to go, if they are a woman/man, if they are pregnant or not age, especially for the women, girls. Often times the girls are made to service the workers in the camps and they end up dead somewhere. You will not find that many age girls making the trips.
Christopher September 25, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Brenda you are on target. Many of these issues of desperate local individuals must be tackled by our community spiritual consciousness found in churches, etc. The government can only do so much. Many in church have missed the point and only go for the entertainment. "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
Brenda September 25, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Thank you Christoper. If we at least take care of the ones who will accept the help, with mental/medical/addictions we are on a good start. If there are 40% that want to continue living that way, homeless, then let them. AS long as they are not doing anything illegal, except perhaps pandering, then they are happy to live that way. Its definately not entertaining seeing the shape our homeless are in physically. The signs of undernourishment is wide spread with skin, teeth, sores, bones sticking out, and we cant look over the fact that some are that way due to any money they do have spent on drugs or alcohol. Some are robbed also. If we could even just get a community physicians assistant with 2 nurses to go around and treat the homeless, or try to that is. Most are very embarrassed of the way they look and smell and oftentimes is why they do not even go to a doctor when they are ill. There are many things we all could do but the problem is so overwhelming now......
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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