In Search Of The BMX Burglar

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LA MESA -- A residential burglary, interrupted by a resident, led to an all out search but the bike-riding culprit got away. Now police want your help. See Case Highlights below.

Case Highlights: On Saturday March 29 at 8:09 p.m., La Mesa Police received a call of a residential burglary that had just occurred in the 4500 block of Fourth Street in La Mesa. The resident was home when an unknown male entered the residence through a side door. When confronted by the resident, the suspect fled on a BMX style bike. La Mesa Police officers, with the assistance of the San Diego Police helicopter (ABLE), searched the area but did not located the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white male, with long hair and a beard, approximately 5’ 10” tall, thin build, last seen wearing a backwards baseball cap. Anyone with information is asked to call the La Mesa Police Department at 619-667-1400 or you may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line at (888) 580-TIPS (or visit www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.

Traffic Information: To assist La Mesa motorists that may have an unfortunate encounter with a non-injury traffic accident, we want to give you some direction as to what information you need to gather and offer to the other party involved. You need the following information at the very least from the other driver:

1. The Driver’s Information: Drivers License Number, Name, Birth Date, Current Address and Telephone Number.
2. Their Vehicle’s Information: Year, Make, Model, Color, License Plate Number and Registered Owner’s Name (if different from the driver).
3. Their Insurance Information: Insurance Company Name and Policy Number.
4. Contact Information of any Witnesses.
This information is all that you need. A police officer may arrive to assist you but is not necessarily always available depending on other calls for service. You can exchange the above with the other party and notify your insurance company as soon as practical. In most cases an officer would not complete an accident report in a non-injury case. There are some exceptions, like in a DUI case or city property is involved. The above list is exactly the information an officer would gather and include in an accident report and is all that is needed. Print out the listed 4 items and keep it handy in your car, purse or wallet to be used as a reference if you are involved in a non-injury traffic accident.

Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: Do you belong to a Neighborhood Watch group?
Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective ways to prevent crime and help revitalize neighborhoods. By getting everyone involved, you will create a feeling of pride and the atmosphere of a small town. La Mesa’s Neighborhood Watch program provides residents with the tools and information needed to effectively identify and report suspicious and criminal activity and leaves patrolling the city and criminal apprehension to our officers. Neighborhood Watch helps neighbors get to know each other and learn how to work together. For more information, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 619.667.7545.

Department Information:
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://ca-lamesa2.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/6464

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