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Car Burglars Arrested At Grossmont Center
LA MESA -- Grossmont Mall Security staff is being credited with spotting a suspicious vehicle early Friday morning, leading to the arrest of two accused car burlgars.
Police said that at about 4:07 a.m. Grossmont Mall Security observed a suspicious vehicle in the mall parking lot at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive. Two male subjects were observed tampering with a vehicle before leaving the mall parking lot in a silver 2-door sedan. Grossmont Security relayed the information to La Mesa Police and officers responded to the area. Officers searched the area and surrounding streets but were initially unable to locate the suspect vehicle.
Approximately an hour later, La Mesa police officers observed the silver 2-door sedan return to the Grossmont Center Mall. The officers stopped the car and detained the occupants. Additional officers met with Target Asset Protection Agents and reviewed surveillance video. The video revealed the two male suspects forcing entry into a white pick-up truck parked in the Target lot, removing property, and fleeing the area in the silver 2-door sedan.
The property taken from the victim’s vehicle was recovered. The suspects were arrested and booked into County Jail on vehicle burglary charges.
The arrests come at a good time for police and mall security staff. Grossmont Center shoppers have been hit several times in the last two months, including purse snatchers who reached out from a moving car to victimize shoppers in the parking lot.
Arrested Friday were:
Suspect #1: Nikolas Aledam, 29, from San Diego.
Suspect #2: Christopher Simmons, 29, of San Diego.
Police said their officers work in partnership with Grossmont Mall Security and businesses at Grossmont Center. This cooperation and partnership continue to enable proactive efforts and the apprehension of offenders during the holiday shopping season.
Anyone with information regarding this case or other criminal activity at Grossmont Center Mall is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department.
You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.