Patrolman Key in Identifying Burglary Suspects (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Friday, March 16, 2012, 02:00 (2532 days ago)
edited by Public Information Officer, Saturday, February 09, 2013, 16:56

This release highlights the efforts of an observant patrol officer and the resultant actions taken during the investigations. The actions taken by APD directly impacted our community by quickly identifying three suspects after they fled from the scene of a burglary of a motor vehicle.

At 3:55 AM, Sunday, February 19, 2012, Patrol Officers were dispatched to a burglary of motor vehicle in-progress in the 1000 block of Westridge Drive. The victim had been alerted by their car alarm. Once spotted by the victim, a suspect fled on foot. A report for Burglary of Motor Vehicle was taken and information about the description of the suspect was disseminated to Patrol Officers. While en route to another call, Officer Michael Garcia observed three males not far from the burglary scene. He contacted them and a preliminary investigation revealed that one of the subjects was a young male adult, and the other two subjects were juveniles. During the investigation, stolen property from the burglary of the motor vehicle on Westridge Drive was located. Both of the juveniles were taken into custody and questioned. The adult suspect, Sebastian L. Reyes (DOB: 08/19/93) was questioned by a detective with the Crimes Against Property unit. The adult suspect was released and the juveniles were taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with Burglary of Motor Vehicle.

On Feb 23, 2012, detectives with the Crimes Against Property unit went to a house in the 1000 block of Grand Street where stolen property was reported to have been stored. The investigative lead proved accurate and led to the recovery of stolen property. Suspect Reyes, and one of the juveniles originally contacted on the night of Feb 19th, were present at the house during this point in the investigation. Suspect Reyes was arrested on the following charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Dangerous Drug, and for Theft (by possession). The juvenile was questioned by detectives with the Youth Division and was released to a parent.

APD is in the process of jointly coordinating further investigations within the Youth and Criminal Investigation Divisions concerning Burglary of Buildings, Burglary of Motor Vehicles, and drug possession charges. Additional cases will be referred to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration of additional charges.

At present time, a total of five Burglary of Motor Vehicle victims have been identified, as well as two Burglary of Building victims.

The Burglary of Motor Vehicle cases suggested a common denominator in these incidents that must be shared with the public again: Unlocked vehicles were targeted instead of locked vehicles. We once again remind our community that they are the first-line of defense in preventing crime and we strongly encourage them to lock their cars and to keep valuables out of sight and properly secured.

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