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Suspected Burglar Allegedly Swims Across Lake To Evade Capture

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(credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

(credit: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

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CANYON LAKE (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a man who allegedly fled the scene of a burglary by swimming across a lake was behind bars.

A news release by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department identified the suspect as 29-year-old Ryan Harper of Canyon Lake.

According to authorities, investigators responded to a home in the 22200 Block of Whirlaway following a “burglary in progress” call about 9 a.m. Thursday.

When authorities arrived on scene, there was no sign of the suspect.

Investigators say they subsequently conducted a check of local pawn shops which led to Harper’s arrest.

The statement says Harper was booked at the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of residential burglary, possession of stolen property and violation of probation.

No further information was immediately available.

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