July 29, 2014 (La Mesa)--Firefighters from La Mesa’s Station 12 called police yesterday at 5:51 p.m. to report finding a man in their secure parking area who was burglarizing their personal vehicles. As La Mesa Police officers responded, the suspect ran away and hid in the garage of a nearby home – where he began stealing items in the garage.
The resident called police as the suspect fled. Officers set up a perimeter. Officers called for air support and San Diego Police Department’s helicopter responded, broadcasting announcements of the suspect’s description.
A neighbor heard the announcements and immediately called La Mesa Police Department to report witnessing the suspect run into a backyard. Officers entered the backyard and found the suspect hiding under a vehicle. They arrested 29-year-old Leu Brent Edwards of Bonita, who is charged with vehicular and residential burglary.
All items stolen from the firefighters’ vehicles were recovered.