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Resident Spots, Cops Arrest Car Burglars
LA MESA -- On Monday , at approximately 1:29 a.m. a resident looked out her window and observed someone breaking into her locked vehicle that was parked in the 8400 block of Hillcrest Avenue. The resident quickly called the police and provided detailed information to the dispatchers.
The detailed information helped the officer’s response to the area. As the officers arrived, the suspects fled in a gold Toyota Camry which was quickly observed by Officer Ryan Rogers as it was attempting to flee. The vehicle was stopped and the two occupants were linked to the crime. It was later determined the two suspects had also committed burglaries in El Cajon and in San Diego. La Mesa Police are working with the surrounding agencies to determine if there are additional victims.
Suspect #1: 35 year-old Clyde Hayes from El Cajon was booked at San Diego County Jail for vehicle burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, and possession of heroin.
Suspect #2: 24 year-old Samantha Sales of Lakeside was booked at Las Colinas Detention Facility on charges of vehicle burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.
Police said the incident was a text-book example of a citizen working in cooperation with the La Mesa Police Department to apprehend a criminal.