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LA MESA -- On July 28, 2014, at approximately 5:51 PM, La Mesa Firefighters from Station #12 at 8844 Dallas Street called the La Mesa Police Department and said they found a man in their secure parking area burglarizing their personal vehicles. As La Mesa police officers responded, the suspect ran away and into a residential neighborhood. As the suspect fled from police, he found an open garage at a residence and began to steal items from the garage. The resident called the La Mesa Police Department as the suspect fled. Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter. Officers called for air support and San Diego Police Department’s helicopter responded.
The helicopter began to do announcements of the suspect’s description. A neighbor heard the announcements and immediately called La Mesa Police Department and said they had witnessed the suspect run into a backyard. La Mesa officers entered the backyard and found the suspect hiding underneath a vehicle. The suspect eventually complied with officers’ commands and gave up. The suspect was positively identified by the victims in this case. During the investigation at Fire Station #12, it was determined the suspect stole personal belongings out of two separate vehicles. All of the stolen items were recovered.
The suspect is identified as:
Leu Brent Edwards, 29 years old, of Bonita. Edwards was charged with: burglary (Vehicles) and burglary (Residential).