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'Breaking Bad': The case of Bryan Cranston's missing script

March 26, 2013|By Nardine Saad

As "Breaking Bad" gears up for its final season, a wayward script allegedly stolen from star Bryan Cranston's car has potentially jeopardized the secrecy shrouding the finale of the Emmy-winning AMC series.

Xavier McAfee, 29, has been accused of unlawfully entering Cranston's Audi in New Mexico last December, allegedly lifting the script and other items from the car. He faces a burglary charge and was released on bail Monday, according to CNN.

So we ask ourselves, what would Cranston's Walter White, a chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin, do in a situation like this? Probably not what the actor himself did: Call the police. 

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TMZ obtained the 911 call Cranston made when the incident occured, in which he said, "I need to report a breaking and entering into my automobile ... at the parking lot at Sandia Crest way up at the top of the hill." The thief apparently smashed his passenger-side window too.

McAfee told Albuquerque's KOAT ABC 7 that he didn't know what reporters were talking about when they asked him about the incident and said only that he works and does tile for a living.

He has four juvenile offenses, nine felony arrests with one conviction, 11 misdemeanor arrests that resulted in six convictions, a DWI and three pending felonies, according to TMZ.

Court documents obtained by the Albuquerque news affiliate indicate that a confidential informant had reached out to one of Cranston's employees and said that a man was bragging about breaking into a car and taking an iPad and a "Breaking Bad" script.

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However, Sony Pictures said that no script was stolen and the studio wasn't concerned about any leaked spoilers.

"We applaud the efforts of the Albuquerque police in their arrest of the alleged perpetrator and we look forward to sharing the incredible last season with viewers when the series premieres later this year," the studio said in a statement.

According to Cranston's costar Steven Michael Quezada, who plays DEA agent Steven Gomez, he was "just kind of bummed out" over the incident, though Cranston made no mention of the pages being stolen.

"When we talked, there wasn't no script, he didn't seem worried about a script getting out," Quezada told KOAT. "Let me tell you, if anyone would be worried about that, it'd be Bryan for sure."

"Breaking Bad's" Charles Baker, who plays meth-head Skinny Pete, beseeched the thief not to spoil the final season.

"You have a choice to be a better person than that," he told TMZ. "You've already made a choice to steal from a person who is loved by millions of people. Don't make it worse by betraying the rest of the cast and crew and fellow fans of the show."

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office said the script was still missing and they were investigating.

The final season of "Breaking Bad" airs this summer.

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