San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station are asking for the public’s help to locate an unknown suspect wanted in connection with a stolen vehicle and identity theft that occurred in Encinitas on Dec. 5.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Station at 760-966-3500 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via sdcrimestoppers.org.
On Dec. 5 at about 11:30 a.m., an unknown suspect stole a Kia rental car from 2050 South Coast Hwy 101, across from the San Elijo Campground in Encinitas.
The vehicle was recovered a short time later but several items were stolen from the car including two surfboards, an IPad, $500 in cash and the victim’s wallet with credit cards. The suspect fraudulently charged over $3000 on the stolen credit cards at various locations in Encinitas.
The suspect is described as a white male, between 35-45 years old, standing about six feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He had a shaved head, was unshaven and was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and pants. He was wearing a flip flop on his right foot and no shoe on his left foot. The suspect walked with a limp.
The suspect was last seen driving a blue Hyundai Tucson with yellow paper plates on both the front and rear license plate holders.
Surveillance video of the suspect can be viewed at https://spaces.hightail.com/space/uXqnN.