Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bail Amount Set $100,000...Ex-LAPD Officer Arrested in Saddleback Church Burglary, from Los Angeles | Orange County Bail Bondsman

Lake Forest - A former Los Angeles police officer was behind bars on Wednesday, facing allegations of burglarizing Saddleback Church several times since August 2008, when he worked there as a security guard, an Orange County sheriff's spokesman said.

Charles Mottern, 45, of Irvine, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, evading arrest, resisting arrest and may also face charges of impersonating a police officer, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said. Bail was set at $100,000, Amormino said.

Mottern was working at the church in August 2008 when church officials began noticing things missing, Amormino said. Then about 5 a.m. Thursday, security guards interrupted a burglary but were unable to catch the thief, he added.

A black BMW parked across the street at the strip mall, however, was seen speeding away, and sheriff's detectives traced it to Mottern, Amormino said.

While en route to Mottern's home Tuesday, deputies spotted him in the BWM and tried to make a traffic stop, Amormino said. Eventually, he pulled over, but got out of the car and ran, he said.

Deputies used a Taser in arresting him, Amormino said. Mottern's booking photo also showed him with a bruised and cut face.

Stolen items recovered from Mottern's home included such things as camera equipment, computers, phones and walkie-talkies, Amormino said.

"Any kind of electronic equipment that wasn't nailed down was taken," he said.

Mottern also had a phony police identification on him, Amormino said.

Mottern stopped working at Saddleback in December 2008, Amormino said, adding he does not know why. Mottern's employment with the LAPD ended in 1996.

Mottern is still in custody at the Orange County Mens Facility in Santa Ana, The Bail Bond required for hom is $100,000 and All American Bail Bonds is following the case. We will provide more information as it relates to bail and the Bail Bonding Services we perform.
The following is the current Bail Information as provided by the Orange County Jail:
Case: Booking Case

Case Name:

Booked on: 112409 at 1725Warrant/Case Number:

Bail Amount: 100000.00 Jurisdiction: HARBOR JUSTICE CENTER

Arresting Agency: LAKE FOREST PD Number of Charges: 3



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