Three people are in custody following a string of home burglaries in Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department announced March 3.
The four burglaries happened between Feb. 17 and 23. Three of the burglaries were interrupted when the victims returned home. No one was hurt and there was no confrontation between the suspects and the victims. Loss in all four thefts is estimated at more than $100,000. The investigation led North Coastal Sheriff’s Station Detectives and the Fugitive Task Force (FTF) to 18-year-old Jonathan Valdez Flores. He was arrested on Feb. 24 on charges of possessing stolen property.
On March 2, two more suspects were arrested in connection with the burglaries. Joe Estrada, 18, and Joshua Gomez, 20, were taken into custody in Encinitas. A search of Estrada’s home in the city of San Diego turned up suspected stolen jewelry from the burglarized homes. Estrada and Gomez are facing charges of residential burglary and possession of stolen property. Both suspects also had outstanding warrants for theft and burglary.
Estrada and Gomez will be facing a judge in Vista Court March 4. Valdez Flores will be in Vista Court on March 7.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests could follow. Call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 with information and you will remain anonymous. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to a felony arrest.
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