Murrieta: Traffic Stop Leads to Drug & Mail Theft Arrests

On 12/29/16 at approximately 3:38 a.m. officers with the Murrieta Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the area of Washington Avenue and Calle Del Oso Oro. The officers contacted the two occupants, a male and a female. The male and female each provided a name to the officers.

The officers, however, determined that the subjects in the vehicle were not being honest about their identity. Once the subjects provided their true names, Christopher McFadden and Kelsea Barkle, the officers conducted a records check on each. The check revealed that Mr. McFadden had several prior convictions for narcotics, theft, and robbery. Mr. McFadden and Ms. Barkle were detained for further investigation.

During a pat down search of Mr. McFadden, he admitted to the officers that there were narcotics and paraphernalia in his vehicle. Multiple pieces of narcotics paraphernalia were seen in plain view by the officers. As the officers searched the vehicle, they located heroin and methamphetamine, a metal nunchaku, as well as several pieces of mail, identification cards, credit cards and checks not belonging to either Mr. McFadden or Ms. Barkle.

Both Mr. McFadden and Ms. Barkle were placed under arrest and booked into Southwest Detention Center for the narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia, providing a false name to the officers, and possession of stolen property.

The Officers were able to contact several owners of the mail, credit cards and identification cards. It was confirmed that there were three victims of mail theft, one victim of vehicle theft, and one victim of theft of a vehicle. The Murrieta Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind the citizens to help prevent crimes like this by checking your mail daily and not leaving your purse or wallet in your vehicle.

Christopher McFadden (24 years)
Resident of Homeland
Charges: 11350(a) HS – Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance; 11377(a) HS – Possession of a Controlled Substance; 12020(A) PC – Possession of a Dangerous Weapon; 529.5 PC – False Personation of Another
Booking Number: 201650772

Kelsea Barkle (23 years)
Resident of (Murrieta)
Charges: 496 PC – Possession of Stolen Property; 529.5 PC – False Personation of Another; 530.5 PC – Unauthorized Use of Credit/Others ID; 530.5(E) PC – Commit Mail Theft; 476 PC – Fictitious Checks
Booking Number: 201650771

Murrieta Case Number: 1612M-5928

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