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Police: Woman Suspected of Stealing Teenager's iPad ID'd, Arrested

Following a story and surveillance photos published on Patch sites in southwest Riverside County, Murrieta police Sgt. Robert Anderson said the department “received numerous calls and emails” identifying the suspect as Wendy Sue Sailer, 46.

Police believe the woman shown in the attached surveillance photos taken at Los Jilbertos—suspected of snagging the iPad at the restaurant’s self-serve drink station—  is Wendy Sue Sailer, 46.
Police believe the woman shown in the attached surveillance photos taken at Los Jilbertos—suspected of snagging the iPad at the restaurant’s self-serve drink station— is Wendy Sue Sailer, 46.

A woman accused of stealing a teenager’s iPad while he ate with his family at a Mexican restaurant in Murrieta has been identified and arrested on suspicion of theft, a police sergeant confirmed Tuesday.

Following a story and surveillance photos published on Patch sites in southwest Riverside County, Murrieta police Sgt. Robert Anderson said the department “received numerous calls and emails” identifying the suspect as Wendy Sue Sailer, 46, Murrieta.

Police believe Sailer is the blond woman captured on surveillance footage—at about 4:38 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at Los Jilbertos, 25021 Madison Ave.—whom saw the iPad at the restaurant’s self-serve drink station, then quietly slipped the gadget into her purse as the boy and his family searched the restaurant for it.

Anderson said Murrieta police went to Sailer’s home Thursday—Thanksgiving—in an attempt to contact her but she did not answer her door. A detective corporal ultimately arrested Sailer on Friday on suspicion of petty theft, the sergeant said.

Jail booking information regarding Sailer's arrest was not available Tuesday.

The iPad has been returned to the teenager, he said.

“We wish to thank your readers very much for their help in identifying the subject so that we could make a timely arrest and recover the property,” Anderson said. “The family was very grateful.”

Editor’s Note: The outcome of these allegations, as well as the facts, may change as the case progresses through the legal system. Not all details of each investigation are made public. All items are alleged to have occurred. There should be no assumption of guilt.

Carter December 03, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Wow it's amazing that the police, better yet sergeant Anderson can write blatant lies about this incident. Please get your facts straight befor you post anything about someone. To put false information out for everyone to read and make judgement based on lies provided by you to the patch.
South Temecula December 03, 2013 at 10:33 PM
This lady is pathetic!
Carter December 03, 2013 at 10:40 PM
When you know the true facts then maybe you can make a statement..
kristin c December 03, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Just curious Carrter, what are the facts?
ASCS (RET) December 03, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Interesting that "Carter" first posted as "Wendysailer", then changed the name on the account. Click on Carter's name to see.
Danielle C. December 03, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Yes, curious what facts would differ with surveillance tape? If I found something would turn in at counter. So unless this is not the person on tape, and she did not have the iPad in her possession, then what facts are we missing? There is no justification for removing the iPad from the location.
ASCS (RET) December 03, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Might be a good idea for Wendy to lock down her Facebook account while in the spotlight.
South Temecula December 04, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Ok, here is what happened. The clepto or maybe the opportunist was craving a Carne asada burrito and an Ice tea. While getting her ice tea she notices an ipad laying on the counter and decides to take it. The police are called and video is burned and distributed to The Patch. Somebody notices her from the video pictures calls the police and they track her down. After interviewing her she surrenders the Ipad and is arrested. The police then return the Ipad to the heartbroken kid! Thank you and goodnight.
sportsfan December 04, 2013 at 01:42 AM
The "facts" seem pretty black and white. How would Carter know or not that the police dept didn't receive numerous calls or emails? But he says thats a blantant lie? Carter is just defensive because he is just learning that his new bride is a thief!
all-c-ing-eye December 11, 2013 at 05:59 PM
I found a dime on the sidewalk, if anyone can identify it i will return it to them. Ok thats ridiculous of course but my point i hope to make is when finding something no matter what, how valuable does it have to be to be considered theft? In this case i would definitely notify the manager of the restaurant and ask for a receipt to make sure he/she is kept honest. Its amazing when confronted with a situation like this what someone will do that perhaps they never would have thought of doing if they read about it in the news as we all have been doing. Instant reaction to opportunity? who knows.

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