MURRIETA — A 21-year-old parolee charged with breaking and entering nearly a dozen businesses in Lake Elsinore, Temecula and Wildomar was charged Monday with multiple counts of burglary.
K-John Henry Sands of Compton was arrested Thursday and taken to Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta following an investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
In addition to 11 counts of burglary, Sands is charged with being a prior strike felon who committed crimes while on parole.
He is being held without bail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center.
According to Sheriff Sgt. Jeff Reese, Sands allegedly robbed restaurants during the night of February 14-16.
The value and type of property seized in the alleged burglaries has not been disclosed.
The criminal complaint filed against the defendant alleges he broke into Alberto’s Mexican Food in Lake Elsinore, Bushfire Grill in Temecula, a Chipotle in Lake Elsinore, the Earth Bistro in Temecula, Los Reyes Bar & Grill in Wildomar, a Panda Express in Lake Elsinore, Ryu Sushi in Temecula, Stadium Pizza in Temecula, Tacos Tijuana in Wildomar, Tuscany Grill in Wildomar, and a building on Winchester Road in Temecula.
Reese said the sheriff’s special law enforcement team handled the ensuing investigation and eventually identified Sands as the alleged perpetrator, although no further details were provided.
The convicted felon was found on Compton Boulevard near his home and taken into custody without incident, according to the sergeant.
According to court records, Sands has previous convictions for armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.