A serial burglary suspect who allegedly prowled unlocked North County homes and garages is now behind bars.
According to the Encinitas Sheriff’s Department, on Nov. 26, someone stole a purse from an unlocked Lexus Sedan, parked in the driveway of a residence on La Valle Plateada, in Rancho Santa Fe. Shortly thereafter, the victim’s credit cards were used in Solana Beach.
San Diego County Sheriff’s North Coastal Station Detectives identified the suspect as Oswaldo Quintero of Solana Beach who traveled to Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, and Carlsbad during night and early morning hours, prowling for unlocked homes, garages, and vehicles.
On Dec. 9, Quintero was arrested and identified as the suspect in several burglaries in and around the Sheriff’s North Coastal Command. A search warrant was served at his residence in Solana Beach, where additional evidence was found. Quintero was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for burglary, possession of stolen property, credit card fraud, and possession of methamphetamine.
The number of known victims is currently 20, but that number is expected to rise as the scope of Quintero’s crime spree is discovered with several other cases still being investigated. When the cases are completed, Quintero is expected to face additional charges.
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— Encinitas Sheriff’s Department report. City News Service also contributed to this report.