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Three Arrested in String of North County Home Burglaries

San Diego County CA— Three people are in custody following a string of home burglaries in Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe.

The four burglaries happened between February 17th and 23rd. Three of the burglaries were interrupted when the victims returned home. No one was hurt and there was no confrontation between the suspects and the victims. Loss in all four thefts is estimated at more than $100,000.

The investigation led North Coastal Sheriff’s Station Detectives and the Fugitive Task Force (FTF) to Jonathan Valdez Flores (9/20/97). He was arrested on February 24th on charges of possessing stolen property.

On March 2nd, two more suspects were arrested in connection with the burglaries. Joe Estrada (2/12/98) and Joshua Gomez (3/6/95) were taken into custody in Encinitas.

A search of Estrada’s home in the City of San Diego turned up suspected stolen jewelry from the burglarized homes. Estrada and Gomez are facing charges of residential burglary and possession of stolen property. Both suspects also had outstanding warrants for theft and burglary.

Estrada and Gomez will be facing a judge in Vista Court tomorrow morning. Valdez Flores will be in Vista Court on March 7th.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests could follow. Call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 with information and you will remain anonymous. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to a felony arrest.

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