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Rifle in possession leads to burglary arrest

October 06, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

El Centro police arrested a 22-year-old El Centro man after he was seen walking in an alley with a rifle Thursday evening.

El Centro police Sgt. Jerry Novak said police received a call about 6:53 p.m. regarding a man walking in the south alley of the 1000 block of Hamilton Avenue carrying a rifle.

Police Officer Antonio Hernandez found the suspect, later identified as John Costa, carrying a rifle, food and beer.

Officers think the items Costa was carrying were stolen because later in the evening police received information a residence in the 800 block of South 10th Street had been burglarized. Officers thinks the items Costa was carrying came from that residence.

He was arrested for burglary.

He was being held in the county jail Friday. Information on his bail amount was not available.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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