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LA MESA -- The overnight shift for the La Mesa Police Department was busy early Saturday morning with two late night burglary reports that had helicopters flying and police cruisers streaming across two La Mesa neighborhoods.
Just after midnight the police helicopter was soaring over the McRae Avenue and Melody Lane, a residential area just off Lake Murray Boulevard where there was a report of a burglar. The suspects at first eluded police.
Police said they had received a 911 call from the area of 5400 McRae Avenue. The victim reported waking up to see two unknown male suspects in his residence that had just fled out a backdoor. The loss was prescription medication, a Glock 23 .40 caliber handgun, cash, credit cards, and an iPhone. Officers searched the area with assistance from the Sheriff's helicopter and canine units but did not locate the suspects.
Using the Find-My-iPhone application, officers were able to track the phone to an address in Chula Vista. At approximately 1:45 a.m. officers notified Chula Vista police they were en route to the address and received notification from Chula Vista police a short time later regarding a call they received stating that two suspicious males left that area in a dark colored late model BMW. La Mesa police officers then saw the iPhone was moving again, back toward La Mesa.
Following the track to the area of Eastridge Drive and Seattle Drive in the City of La Mesa, officers set a perimeter and confirmed there was a dark blue late model BMW parked on Seattle Drive. As officers closed in, the vehicle drove off while blacked out. Officers initiated a felony stop at Murray Hill Drive and Yale Avenue with assistance from SDSO canine and ASTREA. Both occupants were taken into custody without incident. The iPhone, medication, credit cards, cash, and the firearm were all recovered.
21 year old Luis PELAYO and 21 year old Luis GALLARDO, both from San Diego were booked at the San Diego County Jail on the following charges:
459 PC- Residential Burglary, 487(d)(2) PC- Theft of a firearm, and 11350 H&S- Possession of a controlled substance.
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 www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.