SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Police recovered more than $1 million in watches Friday believed to be from a statewide series of robberies, including a September heist where armed suspects drove through a walkway at the Fashion Valley Mall.
Detectives received information that a large quantity of Rolex watches were being stored at a Banker's Hill apartment, according to San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown.
Investigators determined the cache was from robberies that took place took place between August and October in Costa Mesa, San Jose, Palm Desert and locally, Brown said.
In each incident, Ryan McKnight, 34, and Robert Chavira, 40, used sledge hammers to smash jewelry cases then scooped up high-end watches, Brown said.
In the San Diego case, McKnight and Chavira allegedly drove a vehicle through the walkway of the Friars Road shopping center before smashing a display case at the Ben Bridge store.
The two parolees were also believed to be involved in an armed robbery at the Barona Casino in November in which $60,000-$70,000 was taken.
McKnight and Chavira were arrested Nov. 9.
A wave of emailed bomb threats targeting businesses, schools and other locations across the nation put law San Diego-area enforcement agencies on alert Thursday, though there were no immediate indications that any of the menacing messages were credible.
California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday.
Closing arguments are scheduled Thursday for a former Yuma police officer accused of raping a Kensington woman last year during a visit to her family home.
A Cal State Long Beach student claims a final exam question crossed the line into racism, CBS Los Angeles reports.
San Diegans are invited to a holiday posada this Friday. Those celebrating enjoy food, singing, and other festivities.
San Diego is one of several cities around the nation that will get a new Apple campus in the next three years, the company announced Thursday.
U.S. authorities arrested 32 people at a demonstration Monday that was organized by a Quaker group on the border with Mexico, authorities said.
Representatives from San Diego County and Poseidon Water held a celebration on Thursday for the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant producing its 40 billionth gallon of drinking water.
A California judge who was recalled after sentencing a former Stanford student to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman is asking people to donate money so he can pay court-ordered attorney's fees to the backers of the recall.