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East County News Service

January 26, 2017 (Santee) –  Last night at 11:09 p.m., a caller reported hearing smashing sounds of windows breaking and car alarms going off outside her residence in the 9300 block of Carlton Oaks Drive in Santee. She went outside and saw a white older model Ford Explorer; its occupants were throwing rocks or using some weapon to hit vehicles parked on the street.

The Explorer continued eastbound and eventually was seen by a Sheriff’s deputy who conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Palm Glen Drive/Cottonwood Avenue. The vehicle was occupied by three adult men. There were weapons found in the vehicle and all three occupants were arrested for charges of felony vehicle vandalism and conspiracy. One of the men was also charged with possession of a metal knuckles.

Deputies confirmed four vehicles were damaged.

“It is believed the same vehicle was involved in a series of vandalized vehicles about two weeks ago on Buena Vista Avenue in Santee,” says Sergeant Kristin Brayman.

Detectives from the Santee Station are conducting the follow up investigation.

Call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 with information and you will remain anonymous. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to a felony arrest.

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