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Two suspects held in separate theft cases

February 05, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

El Centro police this morning arrested two men in separate car burglary cases, one of which involved four thefts and a attempted burglary in the same area.

At 4:40 a.m., police received a call of a burglary in process in the south alley in the 1000 block of Commercial Avenue.

Officer Ascencion Felix found 18-year-old Elias Gonzalez of El Centro in a vehicle he appeared to be burglarizing.

Gonzalez was taken into custody and as police investigated they found four other vehicles, all in the same area, had been broken into in a short time.

El Centro police Lt. Tim Blankenship alleged Gonzalez was found with property from two of the vehicles. Officers found property from the other vehicles stashed in the area.

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Gonzalez was arrested on five counts of burglary, two counts of possession of stolen property and one count of attempted auto theft. He was booked into county jail with his bail set at $10,000.

In another case, just after midnight today police arrested 30-year-old El Centro resident Carlos Viloria on suspicion of possessing stolen property, burglary tools and a probation violation. He was booked into the county jail without bail because of the parole violation.

Blankenship said Officer Murray Estabrook was on patrol near Seventh Street and El Centro Avenue when he made contact with a suspect in an earlier vehicle burglary.

That suspect was later identified as Viloria, who reportedly was found to be in possession of stolen property. Police searched Viloria's residence and reportedly found burglary tools.

The case remained under investigation today.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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