By Miriam Raftery
March 17, 2014 (Mount Helix) – A resident coming home this morning spotted a woman carrying stolen property from the residence at 5090 Mount Helix Drive in the unincorporated portion of La Mesa. The burglary suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Nicole Moore, took off running.
The resident called 911. Sheriff’s Deputies from the Rancho San Diego and Lemon Grove Sheriff Stations immediately responded and found Moore standing at the bottom of the long driveway. A vehicle registered to Moore was still parked at the top of the driveway next to the resident's house, said Sergeant James.Blanton. An unknown passer-by also advised deputies that a black male adult was seen running from the driveway holding some type of bag, possibly a pillow case.
A driver's license belonging to 24-year-old Victor McCain was located inside the vehicle. McCain fit the physical description of the man seen running away. Deputies believed he was a suspect in the burglary, and was trying to evade deputies by hiding in the neighborhood.
A Sheriff's ASTREA helicopter had arrived on scene and began making announcements to residents regarding the burglary suspect possibly still hiding in the neighborhood.
Area residents began contacting the Sheriff's Department's Communication Center with possible sightings of the male suspect. Sheriff's deputies, including K-9 equipped units, began checking the locations of the possible sightings.
While checking a reported sighting at a residential property in the 5100 block of Mount Helix, a Sheriff's K-9 dog handler and his dog partner located Victor McCain hiding in heavy brush. At first Victor McCain refused to surrender, but eventually gave up after being contacted by the K-9.