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Felon who tried to steal cash dispenser in Murrieta sentenced


Last updated 3/5/2019 at 5:28pm

MURRIETA - A convicted felon who tried to haul away an ATM from a Murrieta store, with the assistance of a teenager, was sentenced today to one year of mandatory supervision in lieu of jail.

Jalale Jamone Love, 45, of Barstow pleaded guilty in December to burglary, vandalism and receiving a stolen vehicle.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon imposed the stipulated sentence and ordered Love to remain gainfully employed or enrolled in vocational program for the duration of his mandatory supervision, which is an elevated form of probation made available to the courts under the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011.

Critics of the law say it has diluted the consequences of committing a number of crimes because offenders can avoid being locked up. Murrieta police Lt. Mark Reid said at the time of Love's arrest that he was a direct beneficiary of Assembly Bill 109 because he had received early parole as a result of its passage.

The 17-year-old boy who acted as Love's accomplice was not identified. His case was referred to Riverside Juvenile Dependency Court, and the disposition was not disclosed.

According to Reid, the defendants broke into the CVS store in the 23700 block of Jackson Avenue shortly before 3 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2018.

Reid said officers were sent there after a private security firm called 911 to report that four males had forcibly entered the business and were being watched on surveillance cameras.

Multiple patrol units converged on the location and spotted a UHaul truck with a chain extending from the backend into the store, Reid said.

He said that as officers pulled up, a van sped away, prompting the patrolmen to give chase and signal the driver to stop near the intersection of Clinton Keith Road and Nutmeg Street.

Love was at the wheel, and the 17-year-old boy was in the front passenger seat, Reid said, adding that the whereabouts of the other two individuals seen with them could never be determined.

"After reviewing the surveillance video, it was discovered that the four subjects had been attempting to steal the ATM machine from inside the store,'' the lieutenant said. "After two failed attempts, all four subjects fled the store.''

The UHaul used to attempt to dislodge the ATM was confirmed stolen out of Monrovia, according to Reid.

He said Love's "lengthy criminal history'' included convictions for burglary, robbery, vehicle theft, making criminal threats and domestic violence.


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