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Man arrested on suspicion of breaking into Chula Vista Wells Fargo bank

Posted at 8:33 AM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 16:37:43-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Police arrested a man on suspicion of breaking into a Wells Fargo bank in Chula Vista early Thursday morning.

Bank security personnel contacted Chula Vista police at around 2 a.m. after they saw a man break the front window at the branch on 1232 Broadway and enter the business.

According to police, security cameras showed the man “going through the drawers behind the counters.”

Police surrounded the bank as some officers entered the business. Officers arrested the man, later identified as 25-year-old Rene Torres, without incident.

Police said officers at the scene determined Torres “pried open most of the cash drawers but was unable to access the vault or currency storage areas. He did cause a lot of damage to the interior of the building.”

ABC 10News learned officers discovered several rolls of coins in the suspect’s backpack that police presumed to be from the bank.

Torres was arrested on suspicion of burglary and booked at CVPD headquarters. However, Torres was released due to the county’s COVID-19 booking restrictions.

Torres, according to police, was given a notice of a future court date.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Chula Vista police at 619-585-5732 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.