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Authorities search for man suspected in series of burglaries in Solana Beach

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Posted at 5:44 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 20:44:15-04

Authorities are asking for the public's help in tracking down a man suspected in at least two commercial burglary cases in Solana Beach.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said:

"On September 15, 2016 at about 2:15 p.m. an unknown male entered the Dixieline Lumber and Home Center store, located at 663 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach, and committed a burglary. The suspect stole a Milwaukee combo tool kit, valued at $429 and a Makita combo tool kit valued at $379. The suspect left the store through the emergency exit without paying for the items. He fled in a black Toyota Camry.

On October 19, 2016 at about 1:00 p.m., the same suspect entered the same Dixieline Lumber and Home Center store in Solana Beach and attempted to steal a DeWalt drill kit valued at $399. The manager and an employee recognized the suspect from the previous theft and started watching him more closely. The suspect noticed the employees were standing by the emergency exit as he attempted to leave the store without paying for the drill kit. The suspect left the drill kit inside and fled through the front door. In this case, the suspect was seen leaving the store in an older model red Honda Civic with plates that had been reported stolen in La Mesa.

The same suspect has committed burglaries in at least five other Dixieline Lumber and Home Center stores in San Diego County.

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, 28?40 years old, standing between 5'9" to 6'1" tall and weighing approximately 175?210 lbs. He has short brown hair, a moustache, and a beard and was last seen wearing a white t?shirt, dark shorts, and dark colored tennis shoes."