4 arrests could be linked to Coronado Jeep theft spree

CORONADO - There could be a possible break in the case of six Jeeps that have been stolen from Coronado streets over the past few weeks.

On Thursday afternoon, four people were arrested near the main gate to National Air Station North Island on auto theft charges after they allegedly ditched a stolen pickup truck near entrance to the base and ran into the neighborhood. The incident prompted authorities to shut down the entrance while they screened the vehicle and searched for the suspects, who were caught and arrested on various auto theft charges.  

Meanwhile, 10News discovered that the Facebook profile of one of the suspects was plastered with Jeep photos. A Coronado police commander also told 10News that burglary tools were found with the suspects -- two men, a woman and a juvenile. The commander said the suspects have likely stolen vehicles in the past.

The suspects were identified as 22-year-old Victor Juarez, 29-year-old Jesus Holguin, 29-year-old Josie Holguin and the juvenile. Jesus and Josie are married. All are from San Diego.

Juarez and Jesus are being held at the San Diego Central Jail in downtown on $25,000 and $125,000 bail respectively. Josie is being held on $50,000 bail at the Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee.

Thursday incident began when a man approached the entrance to Naval Base Coronado Thursday afternoon in a stolen blue truck, but then abandoned it and ran. Coronado police arrested the man and three others who had reportedly showed up to meet him in a different vehicle.

“The information we have from the suspect is that they were here to steal vehicles,” Coronado Police Chief Jon Froomin said.
          
Police are investigating whether the group arrested has ties to nine vehicles – including six Jeeps, that have been disappearing from residential streets since May 1.

“Shocking, it’s very shocking, because again (in) Coronado, you feel like it’s the safest place in the world, and all of sudden, it’s not,” said one resident, whose husband’s Jeep Wrangler was among those stolen. The woman did not want to be identified.

The woman said the thieves got past three levels of security before stealing the Wrangler and driving it across the U.S.-Mexico border. It is one of at least two of the stolen Jeeps that have been spotted in Mexico because the thieves did not change the plates.

Several photos of modified, off-road type Jeeps were found on Josie Holguin's Facebook page. One picture shows a pickup truck towing a Jeep on a flat bed.

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