Thief Gets Bike From Open Garage

LA MESA -- From cold murder cases to bike thefts, La Mesa police are in search of suspects.

Case Highlights: On Sunday, November 16 at approximately 6:55 a.m., La Mesa Police received a report of a bicycle stolen from the garage of a residence in the 5000 block of Linden Way. The resident saw an unknown light skinned male wearing a multi-colored, hooded sweatshirt walking quickly walking down the driveway from the detached garage. The subject then got into a silver Nissan truck. The truck was last seen headed northbound on Linden Way. The resident then discovered his bicycle missing from the garage that had been left open. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department. You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.
1. Walking Safely
Pedestrians 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or young adult on their way to and from school. Show them how to cross the street by stopping at the curb and looking left-right-left for traffic before crossing.
2. Biking Safely
The two best protections when biking to and from school are a properly fitted bicycle helmet and a good grasp of traffic safety rules. Let your child choose the helmet, and explain it's "just part of the gear," like football, skiing or hockey equipment.
3. Riding the Bus Safely
School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Even so, your kids need to be especially careful around the school bus "danger zone" − 10 feet in front, 10 feet behind, and on each side of the bus.
4. Riding in the Car Safely
Did you know children in the front seat are 40 percent more likely to be injured in crashes? If your kids are 12 and younger, make sure they ride in the back seat.
5. Driving Safely
As a parent, you're the #1 influence on the kind of pedestrian, bicyclist and driver your child will become. Set a positive example and keep your children safe. Whether walking, biking or driving, stay completely focused on the road and put your cell phone away when in traffic
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: A community working together during an emergency makes sense. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together during an emergency. Find out if anyone has specialized equipment like a power generator, or expertise such as medical knowledge, that might help in a crisis. Decide who will check on elderly or disabled neighbors. Make back-up plans for children in case you can't get home in an emergency.
Sharing plans and communicating in advance is a good strategy to be ready for an emergency. Hold a Neighborhood Watch meeting to get more information on preparing as a group. Contact the Crime Prevention Unit to schedule a meeting at (619) 667-7545.
Department Information:
Help solve a cold Homicide case:

Here is one featured cold case:

On June 17, 2006, at about 3:39 am, La Mesa Police officers
responded to a call to check the welfare of Scott Martinez. When
officers arrived at Martinez’ apartment in the 4000 block of
Acacia Ave., they found him lying inside, dead of multiple stab
wounds. At the time of his murder, Scott Martinez was the father
of a young girl. If you have any information about this case,
please contact LMPD Det. Ryan Gremillion at 619-667-7537 or

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