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El Centro police caution vigilance needed to protect against burglaries

December 20, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

The El Centro Police Department this morning cautioned people to be vigilant after three daylight residential burglaries occurred in the last five days.

El Centro police Lt. Paul Longoria said this morning the burglaries have occurred in an area stretching from Fourth Street and Imperial Avenue and Ross Avenue to State Street.

Longoria said as of this morning no arrests had been made in connection with the burglaries and he asked that people be vigilant about any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

He said, for example, if someone comes to the door asking for a person who does not live there, that is worth reporting to police.

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Police can be contacted at 352-2111.

In other police matters, El Centro police Wednesday arrested an Imperial man for allegedly attempting to shoplift $800 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart.

The man, Jose Martinez Rivas, 35, was stopped by security officers at Wal-Mart, who then contacted police.

Longoria alleged when officers arrived they found he was in possession of four bindles of tar heroin.

He was booked into county jail on suspicion of burglary and being in possession of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $15,000.

In another case Wednesday, El Centro police arrested two other Imperial men, one on suspicion of being in possession of stolen property, the other on two warrants.

Keith Guler, 23, was booked into the county jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property when police found him at the Premier Inn in El Centro with a stolen car.

Police also arrested Edward Lau, 24, at the hotel on two warrants. He was in custody this morning with bail set at $20,000.

An Imperial police officer heard the name over the police scanner and reported to El Centro police that the name was an alias for Edward Lau, 24. Police determined he was wanted on two warrants. He was booked into county jail on $20,000 bail.

Guler's bail was set at $5,000.

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