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Canyon Lake Man Who Allegedly Swam From Cops Enters Plea

Ryan Patrick Harper, 29, is due in court Sept. 21.

A Canyon Lake man who allegedly burglarized a home, then swam the lake to avoid capture by deputies, pleaded not guilty Monday to burglary and grand theft, court records show.

Ryan Patrick Harper, 29, also denied two prison priors that allegedly occurred within five years of each other, according to court records.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan set bail at $75,000 and ordered the suspect back to court Sept. 19.

A preliminary hearing was tentatively set for Sept. 21.

Deputies on Sept. 6 were sent to a burglary in progress in the 22200 block of
Whirlaway Court in Canyon Lake. The thief -- believed to be Harper -- escaped capture by allegedly swimming across Canyon Lake, a sheriff's sergeant said.

A check of local pawn shops led investigators to a Lake Elsinore business, where Harper was found, the sergeant said.

In 2001 Harper was charged with grand theft, vandalism, damaging an electrical line and robbery. That case was closed, according to court records.

In 2006 he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism; that case is also closed and disposition information was not available, court records indicate.

Anthony September 13, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Innocent until proven guilty? or the other way around....
Teller of Truth September 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I think this guy deserves a medal for swimming in the lake and coming out alive!
Reverend Smith September 13, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I say he deserves some kind of recognition for all the serious offenses he's had closed. What's this guy got, a get-out-of-jail card?
Constant Comment September 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Well it aint the 'You've just won 1st place in the beauty pageant' card! }~)
THE REAL Anita Drink September 13, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Swimming across the lake to escape was pretty clever... pawning the burgled items at a local shop not so much. Press Enterprise claims police actually found him INSIDE the LE pawn shop!
Constant Comment September 13, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Well yeah...probably got a phone call from the pawn shop manager when these guys even walk into the shop. Probably got the police on speed dial. }~)

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