Murrieta police officers arrested a 29-year-old Lake Elsinore man who they say admitted to burglarizing three unlocked vehicles in the early morning hours of Dec. 30.
Richard Raymond Angels was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, possessing metal knuckles and possessing stolen property.
He was booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center and released the same day on a citation, online jail records show.
Police say that they received a call from a resident in the area of Calle Yorba Vista and Hancock Avenue saying that an unknown male had entered her neighbor’s vehicle. The neighbor was able to give them a description of the man and a vehicle that she saw him leave in.
The officers stopped a similar vehicle in the same area as the alleged burglary, officials say.
They say that Angels, who was wearing clothing that matched the description given by the neighbor, admitted to stealing property from three unlocked vehicles.
Authorities searched the car after arresting Angels and found methamphetamine and metal knuckles inside.
Police say the stolen items have since been returned to their owners.