Murrieta police on their way to a burglar alarm call stopped today to investigate a couple of suspicious-looking characters, who turned out to be carrying off allegedly stolen electronics.
Michael Ray Baird, 21, and a teenage boy were arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property and conspiracy after they were caught with items allegedly taken during a vehicle break-in, according to Sgt. Dave Baca.
He said officers spotted the pair around 4 a.m. while responding to an alarm on Seven Oaks Drive. Each suspect was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and dark clothing, raising suspicions, according to Baca.
The officers stopped and questioned the suspects, one of whom — Baird — disclosed that he was on probation, the sergeant said.
The two were searched, and officers found five mobile phones, an iPod and a pink Toshiba laptop computer, which had been dropped nearby, Baca said.
Officers determined that several items had allegedly been stolen from a parked car hours earlier and were able to return the possessions to the owner, according to Baca.
Baird was booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, where he’s being held in lieu of $5,000 bail. The boy, whose identity was not released, was booked into Southwest Juvenile Hall.
The burglar alarm call to which officers had been dispatched was determined to be false.