Thieves took computers, computers implicated thieves
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Three suspects have been arrested following a five-month string of burglaries across the county where thieves targeted individuals who were attending a family member's funeral.

According to a report from El Cajon police lieutenant Frank La Haye, 12 incidents between January and May involved victims attending a funeral. In an investigation involving El Cajon and San Diego officers as well as county sheriff's deputies, authorities determined that the burglary ring was selecting targets from obituary postings.

Using the information contained therein, thieves identified relatives of the deceased and noted funeral times. Locating their residences via internet search, they were provided a window during which a robbery was highly likely to go undetected.

After identifying three suspects, named in La Haye's report as Herbert John Cruz, David Andrew Valenzuela, and Jennifer Lynn Alarcon, search warrants were executed on residences and storage lockers of the trio. Numerous items related to the burglaries were recovered, and internet history files from a seized computer linked the suspects to the crime spree.

All suspects face burglary charges, and authorities say an ongoing investigation could result in more arrests or additional charges for the three already in custody.

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AlexClarke June 14, 2015 @ 6:06 a.m.

Dave Rice: Not to pick fly specks out of the pepper but in the third paragraph you used the word "robbery". Robbery is a crime against a person or persons. Burglary is a crime against property.


Visduh June 14, 2015 @ 8:09 a.m.

For something like completeness, some indication of how the cops identified these low-lifes would have been welcomed. In our anonymous world, it would be hard to catch burglars who operate as described.

Actually, there's nothing very new in what they were doing. It is the lowest sort of crime, making victims out of people at one of the saddest times in their lives. But it is well-known, and funeral directors should advise the families to be on guard. One reason that published obituaries often omit details of the location and especially timing of services is to make it hard for burglars to zero in on such households.


QueenMe June 14, 2015 @ 1:31 p.m.

You'd be surprised just how LOW people can be. I'm disabled and prior to becoming so, was always under the impression that others looked out for the disadvantaged--at least I did and STILL do, as much as I am able. I've been ripped off and cheated more times than I can count, sometimes by close neighbors, too.


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