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LA MESA -- A call to police resulted in the arrest of a car burglar who was chased down by police. See Case Highlights below.
On April 14, 2013 at approximately 5:40 AM, La Mesa Police responded to a radio call of a vehicle burglary in progress in the 4500 block of Fourth Street. As officers arrived, the suspect fled on foot. After a short search of the area, the suspect was found hiding in a stairwell. The suspect, 22-year-old Tam Huynh from San Diego, was arrested and booked into County Jail for 459 PC – Burglary. The La Mesa Police Department works in partnership with local businesses and citizens in the community. This cooperation and partnership continue to enable proactive efforts and the apprehension of criminals. Anyone with information regarding this case or any additional cases involving this suspect is encouraged to 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).
Statistically, speeding remains the leading contributor to injury traffic accidents in La Mesa. Officers determine and gauge whether someone is “speeding” or not by evaluating if they are driving too fast for the present conditions or not. On city streets, unlike on the freeway, your safe speed is ruled by California Vehicle Code section 22350, which states: No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property. Notice that this section never mentions a particular speed. Your “safe speed for the present conditions” is dictated by the regulatory speed limit signs in the area and the traffic, weather and road conditions.
The La Mesa Police Department’s Traffic Unit is in the preparation stages of implementing a much more aggressive enforcement plan when it comes to speeding on our city streets. Our next operation specifically targeting speeders is this coming Friday, April 19th, 2013. Please adhere to the above Vehicle Code section in order to drive safely, prevent accidents and expensive citations!
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Drop off your unused prescription drugs on Saturday April 27, between 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. at the La Mesa Police Department parking lot, 8085 University Avenue. No questions asked! Sharps not accepted. To find other local collection sites, visit: www.dea.gov.
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 community. Contact the Crime Prevention Unit to schedule a meeting, call (619) 667-7545.
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487