SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A young probationer was back behind bars Thursday for allegedly sneaking into an East County home and stealing watches and jewelry worth more than $20,000 while awaiting trial in a prior residential-burglary case.
Qadam Ali Sarwar, 18, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of looting a residence in the 1300 block of Navello Terrace in El Cajon two days earlier, according to police.
Investigators identified Sarwar as a suspect in Monday's home invasion based on a report from a person who reported seeing him walking from house to house near the scene of the crime, behaving suspiciously and knocking on doors, Sgt. Eric Taylor said.
"Additional follow-up located the watches and ring from the burglary at an area pawnshop, and the person of interest was seen on video surveillance selling the items," the sergeant said, adding that the valuables were recovered and returned to the victim.
Each of the two Rolex timepieces was valued at in excess of $10,000.
When detectives located the suspect, he was carrying $2,880 in cash, according to Taylor.
At the time of his arrest, Sarwar, an El Cajon resident, was on probation in one earlier residential-burglary case and awaiting court hearings in connection with another.
The suspect was booked into county jail in downtown San Diego. He was being held on $25,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.
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