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Sheriff’s deputies were able to track down a man suspected of several residential burglaries in eastern El Cajon Sunday afternoon with the assistance of several neighbors and a law enforcement helicopter.

Shortly after 3 p.m., a burglary call was received on the 1800 block of Granite Hills Drive in the unincorporated El Cajon neighborhood of Granite Hills. A resident reported a male suspect jumping out of his window and fleeing the scene in an older black Ford Taurus.

The vehicle was located by authorities shortly thereafter, parked at a motel on El Cajon Boulevard nearby. Deputies waited, and the Sheriff’s helicopter soon reported the vehicle was once again on the move, with a lone driver matching the description of the burglary suspect.

Two K-9 units conducted a “high-risk” stop of the vehicle on the 160 block of North Ivory Avenue, where Jere Eugene Brunell Jr. was taken into custody without incident.

In a curbside lineup, the victim and two neighbors all identified Brunell as the individual they’d seen running from the Granite Hills home, and cameras and jewelry found inside the car were also identified as having been stolen from the residents.

Brunell was booked into jail and faces charges of residential burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property, and possession of “a small quantity” of narcotics.

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