San Diego DA seeks help finding auto crime spree victims

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - More than 140 items stolen from an auto crime spree in San Diego have been recovered and now, authorities are trying to track down their owners.

Malcolm Brown, 22, and Alexis Carr, 25, were arrested in connection with the crime spree. Brown has pleaded guilty to vehicle theft and residential burglary, while Carr has pleaded guilty to auto theft and burglary.

The two were located after Chula Vista Police found a stolen vehicle at a motel parking lot. As a result of the arrest, police recovered 144 items, including cell phones, credit cards, purses and more.

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"Auto theft and burglaries have a direct impact on victims who often need their vehicles to get to work, take their children to school and conduct their daily lives,” District Attorney Summer Stephan said. “Ultimately, this crime spree affected dozens of people across San Diego County and in addition to holding the defendants accountable we’re working with our partners at RATT to return large amounts of stolen property to victims."

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Officers with Regional Auto Theft Task Force have identified four stolen vehicles and more than 53 victims connected to the spree. Officials say more than 40 vehicles were broken into over the course of several days in:

  • Downtown San Diego
  • Tierrasanta
  • Mission Valley
  • Mid-City of San Diego
  • Spring Valley
  • San Diego State College area
  • National City
  • Chula Vista
  • Imperial Beach

Anyone whose vehicle was broken into during the last two weeks of March and believes any of the items to be theirs is asked to call the San Diego County Regional Auto Theft Task Force at 858-627-4000.

Items can also be viewed on the San Diego District Attorney's Office Facebook page.

Brown and Carr are scheduled to be sentenced on May 8.

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