EL CAJON (CNS) - Aided by a global-positioning device in a stolen cell phone, detectives on Tuesday arrested a fourth suspect in a recent spree of auto burglaries at East County open-space parks.
Jesse Oliver "Peggo" Havens, 29, was taken into custody at a motel on East Main Street in El Cajon early Tuesday morning, sheriff's Sgt. Tom Poulin said.
The Lakeside resident was booked into the county jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of burglary tools and identity theft. His bail was set at $105,000.
Havens allegedly took part in a series of auto break-ins over the last two weeks at El Capitan Open Space Preserve in Lakeside, Blue Sky Canyon Ecological Reserve in Poway and Mission Trails Regional Park in eastern San Diego.
The owners of the burglarized vehicles were victimized while hiking, according to Poulin.
On March, 26, thieves broke windows on three vehicles at the Lakeside-area park and stole various items, including two wallets, a purse and an Apple iPhone.
"The iPhone was equipped with a GPS device that aided ... in this investigation," Poulin said.
Shortly after the break-ins were reported, the victims' stolen credit cards were used to make purchases at 10 businesses throughout Santee and Lakeside, the sergeant said.
On April 4, detectives investigating the burglaries arrested David Rodriguez, 20, and a 15-year-old girl at a home on Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside. The teen's name was withheld because she is a minor.
Three days later, additional leads took detectives to the 500 block of Chase Avenue in El Cajon, where Rachelle Valdez, 23, was arrested. She also was booked on suspicion of various felony theft-related charges.
More arrests are expected, according to Poulin.
Detectives have recovered most of the merchandise bought with the victims' credit cards, he said.
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A seemingly wayward hot air balloon landed in a Ramona field on Sunday much to the surprise of on-lookers.
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Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego played host to thousands of people demonstrating in the third annual Women's March, which also took place in dozens of other cities across the country.
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