A 21-year-old parolee accused of breaking into nearly a dozen businesses in Lake Elsinore, Temecula and Wildomar was charged Monday with multiple counts of felony burglary.

K-John Henry Sands of Compton was arrested Thursday following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation.

Along with 11 counts of burglary, Sands is charged with being a prior-strike felon who committed crimes while on parole.

He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment before Superior Court Judge Elaine Kiefer, who scheduled a bail review conference for March 22 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta and ordered that the defendant be held in lieu of $160,000 bail at the nearby Byrd Detention Center.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Reese, Sands allegedly burglarized eateries during the overnight hours between Feb. 14 and 16.

The value and type of property taken during the alleged break-ins were not disclosed.

Court papers allege that the defendant broke into Alberto’s Mexican Food in Lake Elsinore, Bushfire Grill in Temecula, a Chipotle in Lake Elsinore, the Earth Bistro in Temecula, Los Reyes Bar & Grill in Wildomar, a Panda Express in Lake Elsinore, Ryu Sushi in Temecula, Stadium Pizza in Temecula, Tacos Tijuana in Wildomar, Tuscany Grill in Wildomar and a building on Winchester Road in Temecula.

Reese said the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team handled the ensuing investigation and ultimately identified Sands as the alleged perpetrator, though no other details were provided.

The felon was tracked down on Compton Boulevard near his home and taken into custody without incident, according to the sergeant.

Court records show Sands has prior convictions for armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

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