Theft suspect may be linked to a string of city burglaries

February 22, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Police here today were investigating whether a man nabbed in connection with a burglary Wednesday has ties to a string of other burglaries in the city.

Calexico police Lt. Jim Neujahr said police arrested Dario Ahumada Espinoza, 37, of Calexico on suspicion of burglarizing two stores Wednesday morning.

Neujahr said the owner of Sewing Experts Inc., 227 W. Lincoln St., called police about 7:30 a.m. and stated an individual had broken into his business through a back door.

Police arrived shortly after to investigate. Upon entering the building, they noticed a hole had been cut into the dry wall adjacent to another business, UETA Duty Free.


Police went through the hole and found Espinoza, who was arrested without incident.

Neujahr said police did recover "numerous" tools reportedly used to cut through the wall.

Neujahr said police will file a complaint with the Imperial County District Attorney's Office today against Espinoza on two counts of burglary.

Neujahr added 10 other burglaries have occurred in the city in the last six months, all in the west section of the city.

In each of those cases, Neujahr said, an individual broke into one business and then cut a hole through a wall leading to an adjoining business.

Neujahr said police are going back to re-investigate those cases to determine whether Espinoza can be connected to those cases.

Espinoza is being held at county jail with bail set at $10,000.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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