June 19, 2012 (La Mesa)—On June 15 at 9 a.m., a resident in the 7400 block of Sturgess Avenue in La Mesa, observed a man burglarizing his vehicle. The victim realized his vehicle window had been broken and observed the suspect holding a screwdriver and stealing property from the vehicle. The victim called La Mesa Police as the suspect fled the scene on foot, jumping over fences and cutting through the back yards of residences.
The victim was able to follow the suspect from a safe distance and update his location as officers responded. Multiple witnesses in the area assisted the victim by providing updates on the suspect’s location and direction of travel.
La Mesa Police Officers arrived and detained the suspect at the intersection of Sturgess Avenue and Parks Avenue. The property taken from the victim’s vehicle was recovered and the suspect was arrested:
Suspect: Christopher Prewitt, 25 years old, White male, from San Diego
Charge: 459 PC—Vehicle Burglary
Prewitt was booked into County Jail on the listed charge. The La Mesa Police Department appreciates the victim and witnesses coming forward and calling the police. This is a great example of neighbors watching out for each other and working in cooperation with the La Mesa Police Department.