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LA MESA -- A Friday morning car burglary turned into a great chase and led to the eventual apprehension of the suspect.
Police said at just after 9 a.m. Friday a resident in the 7400 block of Sturgess Avenue, observed an unknown male burglarizing his vehicle. The victim realized his vehicle window had been broken and observed the suspect holding a screwdriver and stealing property from the vehicle. The victim called La Mesa Police as the suspect fled the scene on foot, jumping over fences and cutting through the back yards of residences.
The victim was able to follow the suspect from a safe distance and update his location as officers responded. Multiple witnesses in the area assisted the victim by providing updates on the suspect’s location and direction of travel.
La Mesa police officers arrived and detained the suspect at the intersection of Sturgess Avenue and Parks Avenue. The property taken from the victim’s vehicle was recovered and the suspect was arrested:
The suspect was identified as Christopher Prewitt, 25, of San Diego. He was charged with vehicle burglary.
Prewitt was booked into County Jail.
The events again drew the praise of police for the cooperation of neighbors and witnesses. This was one of several incidents lately in which watchful neigbhors helped police apprehend burglars.