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LA MESA -- Police chronicle a burglary in which the intruders used keys stolen from a car to gain entry into the home. See details and some prevention suggestions in the Crime Prevention section below.
On 02-12-13 at approximately 6:23 P.M., La Mesa Police Officers responded to a report of an attempted kidnapping that occurred in the 8600 block of Dallas Street in the city of La Mesa. The 14 year old victim told officers that she was riding her bike home on the sidewalk traveling east on Dallas Street. As she approached the intersection of Nagel Street, the suspect jumped out of a parked vehicle and lunged at the victim in an attempt to grab her off the bike. The suspect missed the victim and she continued riding her bike east on Dallas Street. The suspect attempted to run after the victim, but stopped after a short distance. The victim was not touched or injured by the suspect. Suspect Description: A mixed race black and white male, 20-30 years, 5’ 8”, medium / stocky build. He was wearing a red and white jacket and a black baseball cap with an unknown style logo. Suspect Vehicle: A newer, medium sized white pick-up with a white camper shell. If you have any information on this case, please call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400 or Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com).
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Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
On Saturday, February 9, 2013 between 1:15 P.M and 5:20 P.M. unknown suspect(s) gained entry to a residence in the 5700 block of Baltimore Drive by using the resident’s keys, previously acquired during an off-site vehicle burglary. Always remove all belongings from your vehicle when you park, especially house keys, electronics, cash and credit cards. Your car insurance and registration papers contain personal information including your address. Keep copies in your wallet or purse so they are with you in the car when you are driving, but cannot be stolen when you park. Call the Crime Prevention unit at 667-7545 for more information on home and vehicle security. If you have any information on this case, please call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400 or Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com).