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A Riverside man convicted in a string of burglaries in four cities was sentenced Thursday to 16 months in county jail.

Mark Edward Daniels, 30, of Riverside, was part of a two-man burglary team that struck businesses in Riverside, Perris, Moreno Valley and San Bernardino.

His accomplice, 35-year-old Joshua Dean Miller, 35, of Moreno Valley, was free on bail and did not appear for Thursday’s sentencing hearing, after both men pleaded guilty last month to charges that include burglary, vehicle theft and receiving stolen property.

Riverside Superior Court Judge Helios J. Hernandez issued a $100,000 bench warrant for Miller’s arrest Thursday morning.

Riverside police said in May that investigators got a break in the case following a vehicle theft in the Box Springs Canyon area, which was reported by the owner not long after it happened.

An off-duty Riverside policeman who had heard a description of the stolen car broadcast as he was ending his shift spotted it on Brockton Avenue and immediately contacted dispatchers, who directed patrol cars to the scene, culminating in Daniels’ arrest, according to Lt. Christian Dinco.

He said further investigation led detectives to Miller’s residence on Webster Avenue in Moreno Valley, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Four stolen vehicles were seized from the suspects, the lieutenant said, further alleging that goods stolen from a business the previous night also were found in their possession.

–City News Service

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