Cops: Man arrested twice in 24 hours; caught vandalizing Chula Vista Police HQ on way out of jail

Officers say act caught on surveillance camera

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Police said a Chula Vista man found himself in jail for the second time in less than a day.

According to the Chula Vista Police Department, surveillance videos caught 33-year-old Jason Rodriguez leaving police headquarters after he was booked, and processed on drug-related charges Wednesday at 1 a.m. He was released on a written promise to appear in court.

Moments later, police said cameras showed Rodriguez outside the entrance of the facility, etching the word "AROX" into the glass lobby door. A custodian who saw the damage at 5:30 a.m. contacted a Watch Commander, who then reviewed the footage that showed Rodriguez in the act, police said.

Officers told 10News that replacing the glass would cost between $2,000 and $3,000.

"It's felony vandalism and it's something that you and I pay for, that citizens pay for," said Chula Vista police Captain Gary Wedge. "We will seek restitution."

Officers arrested Rodriguez later in the day at his home.

"To think that someone would not realize we have cameras everywhere surrounding our facility, as do most police departments, just surprised me," explained Wedge. 

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