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November 23, 2012 (La Mesa)—At 4:07 a..m. Grossmont Center’s mall security observed a suspicious vehicle in the mall parking lot. Two male subjects were observed tampering with a vehicle before leaving in a silver two--door sedan. Grossmont Security relayed the information to La Mesa Police and officers searched the area and surrounding streets but were initially unable to locate the suspect vehicle.

Approximately an hour later, La Mesa Police Officers observed the vehicle return to the Grossmont Center mall. The officers made a traffic stop and detained the occupants. Additional officers met with Target Asset Protection Agents and together they reviewed surveillance video.

The video revealed the two male suspects forcing entry into a white pick-up truck parked in the Target lot, removing property, and fleeing the area in the silver two-door sedan.

The property taken from the victim’s vehicle was recovered. The suspects were arrested and booked into County Jail on the listed charges:

Suspect #1: Nikolas Aledam, 29 years old, White male, from San Diego

Charge: 459 PC—Vehicle Burglary

Suspect #2: Christopher Simmons, 29 years old, White male, from San Diego

Charge: 459 PC—Vehicle Burglary

“La Mesa Police Department works in partnership with Grossmont Mall Security and businesses at Grossmont Center. This cooperation and partnership continue to enable proactive efforts and the apprehension of offenders during the holiday shopping season,” La Mesa Police Chief Ed Aceves said in a press statement today.

Anyone with information regarding this case or other criminal activity at Grossmont Center Mall is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department.

You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case. 

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