3 sus­pected of rob­bing homes

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - — Tony Perry

Two men and a woman have been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of be­ing part of a bur­glary ring that tar­geted homes while the res­i­dents were at- tend­ing fu­ner­als, El Ca­jon po­lice said Fri­day night.

A dozen such bur­glar­ies were re­ported from Jan­uary to May at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in San Diego County.

The sus­pects would check public obit­u­ar­ies and then, us­ing the In­ter­net, find the home ad­dresses of the de­ceased or their rel­a­tives, Lt. Frank La Haye said.

Ar­rested were Her­bert John Cruz, 24, of San Diego; David An­drew Valen­zuela, 34, of El Ca­jon; and Jen­nifer Lynn Alar­con, 33, of Spring Val­ley.

Search war­rants re­sulted in the dis­cov­ery of “nu­mer­ous” items worth about $100,0000 that were stolen in the bur­glar­ies, po­lice said. A search of the com­puter of one of the sus­pects con­firmed the “crim­i­nal in­ten- tions of the group,” La Haye said.

Bur­glary de­tec­tives from the El Ca­jon Po­lice Depart­ment, the county Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment and the San Diego Po­lice Depart­ment were in­volved in the case.

More charges may be brought, La Haye said.

The break-ins were done by forced en­try in some cases, through open win- dows in oth­ers, he said.

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