After-Hours Purchase Leads To Arrests

LA MESA -- An early morning transaction that wasn't what it first seemed had local police hopping this week. See Case Highlights below.

Case Highlights: On July 26th, at 1:38 a.m., police received a call from a victim stating that he had found his stolen camera on Craigslist and was going to meet the suspects at Grossmont Center at 2:00 AM. The victim’s camera was taken in a vehicle burglary that occurred in San Diego on 07-25-14. The victim was advised that it was not safe to meet the suspects and to wait in the area for officers. Due to other priority calls, the officers were not immediately able to meet with the victim. While officers were handling a separate felony vehicle stop, police received another call from the victim stating that the suspects had arrived and the victim attempted to buy his stolen camera back from them.
The victim told police that the suspects pulled a gun on him and fled the area in a beige Ford Explorer (The victim was not injured). The victim followed the vehicle and with the assistance of El Cajon Police officers were able to locate the vehicle as it turned from Johnson Avenue in El Cajon, onto the I-8 westbound on-ramp.
A felony stop was initiated and the stolen camera was recovered without incident. No gun was located and the investigation revealed that the allegation was false. All suspects were booked at San Diego County Jail. 31 year old Jessica Hart of La Mesa had two felony warrants and was also charged with possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. 19 year old Joseph Kelly and 25 year old Dominic Gress, both from El Cajon were charged with possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.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 leading to an arrest in this case.

Traffic Information: During the summer months, there is usually an increase in the number of vehicles on the nation’s roadways. Families take to the highways for vacations and extended road trips. And while these excursions can start off as a happy occasion, they can too often result in tragedy due to negligence and failure to properly execute the necessary steps to ensure safe travel.
Consumers should remember prevention and planning is much easier than dealing with the consequences of a breakdown, or worse yet, a highway crash. To help avoid fatalities on our roadways, the agency has developed a list of tips that consumers can use for safe travel while driving:

 Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. – Everybody aboard must agree to wear their seat belts every time they are riding or driving in your vehicle. Wearing a seat belt is also the best defense against a drunk-driving related crash. For more information on seat belt safety please
 Don't Drive After Drinking – Drunk driving deaths spike during the holidays. Every 51 minutes, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash. Be responsible – don’t drink and drive. If you plan to drink, choose a sober designated driver before going out.
 Check your Tire’s Air Pressure, Tread Wear, and Spare – NHTSA recently launched its “TireWise” campaign to provide consumers and retailers with essential information about choosing and caring for tires. Proper tire maintenance is especially important if traveling by 15-Passenger Van.
 Keep Children Safe In and Around Your Vehicle – Make sure car seats and booster seats are properly installed and that any children riding with you are in the car seat or booster seat best suited to protect them. There are other dangers to children in and around cars that you should know. One of those dangers is hypothermia, or heat stroke, from being left unattended in a hot vehicle.

Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: Register now for Heartland Fire’s FREE Disaster Preparedness classes for 2014 - Increased earthquake activity and year-round fire danger - "now" is the time to prepare! To see the full schedule of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) disaster preparedness academies, please visit ;(Click on Disaster Prep). The next academy is scheduled to begin on September 20. Each academy consists of six classes.
Once the academy begins, classes are held every other Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you would like to register, please call (619) 441-1737, and leave your name and best contact phone number.

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