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Published on June 21, 2024
El Cajon Police Nab Duo in Stolen Mazda 3 Thanks to ALPR Camera Alert, Suspects Facing Multiple ChargesSource: Google Street View

Emerald and Laguna avenues in El Cajon became the latest stage for law enforcement's tech-aided crackdown on auto theft as a couple found themselves in handcuffs last Wednesday. The city's automated license plate reader cameras flagged a stolen Mazda 3, which had been reported missing for a little over a week from San Diego, leading to the swift apprehension of the duo by officers, as reported by the El Cajon Police Department.

The subsequent police action unfolded near the location where the vehicle was found parked, after a fleeting attempt for escape, officers arrested 31-year-old Oswald Deleon and 41-year-old Brandy Kittle. Deleon, the driver with a rap sheet that includes domestic violence and theft, was not only facing a moment of reckoning for the stolen car but had an active DUI warrant out for his arrest. Kittle, the passenger from La Mesa with traffic-related offenses in her past, was detained for an active warrant as well, according to the El Cajon Police Department.

In a display of zero tolerance for criminal activities, the El Cajon Police Department stressed the effectiveness and continued use of ALPR cameras, with Chief Mike Moulton articulating the department's resolve: "The El Cajon Police Department will continue to use the comprehensive network of ALPR cameras to hold criminals accountable, and as they enter El Cajon, they will be arrested. Criminal acts will not be tolerated and will have consequences for those who commit them." These words lay down an unequivocal stance on deterrence and enforcement.

The incident, which underscores the technological muscle flexed by local law enforcement, might still have layers yet to unveil. The El Cajon Police Department has called on anyone with additional information regarding this incident to come forward, individuals can reach out to the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311 or, for those wishing to maintain anonymity, the Crime Stoppers tip line stands ready at (888) 580-8477.