Investigation continues into area burglary ring

An official with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. has said that although three suspects were arrested in connection with an area burglary ring on February 26 in Rainbow, the investigation continues into the operation.

“This is a pretty big investigation that involves connected crimes occurring well into other jurisdictions; we are working with several other agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service,” said Lt. Todd Richardson, commander of the Fallbrook Sheriff’s substation.

Richardson said the investigation into the ring began two to three months ago and involved a variety of crimes ranging geographically from Temecula to Rancho Bernardo.

“The crimes involve numerous charges – it has not been purely residential burglaries, there are also some commercial burglaries, theft from mailboxes, and more,” said Richardson.

In the February 26 arrests, a quantity of methamphetamine and some handguns were also confiscated. On that date, those arrested in the 2200 block of Huffstatler Road included Rainbow residents Erik Watte, 26, Henry Zermeno, 22, and a 17-year-old juvenile from Fallbrook. The 17-year-old was in possession of a stolen vehicle.

Richardson said a $1,000 reward is being offered through Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of additional suspects. Those with information should call (888) 580-8477.

In speaking about burglaries in general, Richardson said in the Fallbrook jurisdiction, “We have seen an increase in the number of burglaries occurring on weekends.” In the past, more residential burglaries have been committed during weekday daytime hours.

“We are asking residents to be cautious on the weekends by making sure they keep their garages closed and lock their cars, in order to help prevent these crimes of opportunity,” said Richardson.

The lieutenant couldn’t stress enough that residents should report any suspicious activity in their neighborhood to the Sheriff’s Dept.

“We need people to call in and report suspicious persons in their neighborhood,” he said. “If someone isn’t doing anything wrong, they aren’t going to get in trouble.”

(previous story, Feb. 27, 2013)

Three arrested in connection with Fallbrook area burglary ring

FALLBROOK – A two-month investigation resulted in the arrest last night (Tues., Feb. 26) of three suspects in a burglary ring operating out of the Fallbrook area.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Service and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and also resulted in the seizure of stolen property, drugs, cash and several guns at 2243 Huffstatler Road in Rainbow, a small community within the Fallbrook area, said Sgt. Joe Montion of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation began when postal inspectors began an investigation into cases that ranged from mail theft, commercial burglaries and residential burglaries in San Diego and Riverside counties, Montion said.

Taken into custody was Erik Watte, 26, and Henry Zermeno, 22. A 17-year-old juvenile from Fallbrook was also arrested in a stolen vehicle before the warrant service.

Anyone with information on the burglary ring was asked to call the sheriff’s department at (858) 565-5200. A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of additional suspects.

24 Responses to "Investigation continues into area burglary ring"

  1. RainbowGirl   February 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Pathetic people. If only they put that much effort into a real job and made an honest living. Those are the type of people that will never grow up.

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  2. Disgusted   February 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Bottom feeders.

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  3. John   February 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Lock up the thugs.

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  4. ThisGhettoTown   February 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    We rec’d a call from the postal service saying a bunch of our mail was recovered there. Low lifes.

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  5. Profiler   February 28, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I bet they were X-cans living in the Fallbrook 3rd world subculture.
    Good riddance!

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  6. De Luz Neighbor   March 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Profiler, I’ll bet you’re drunk with delusions of superiority.

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  7. @de luz neighbor   March 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Anyone would be superior to those losers.

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  8. Love   March 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Love reading about crooks getting locked up.

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  9. Preston   March 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I hate reading about crooks getting released.
    But, What I hate the most is…
    We love reading about criminals getting locked up but don’t want to do what is necessary to keep them there.

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  10. Just my Opinion   March 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Here is the deal. Jobs are scarce and prices keep rising whether it be gas or groceries or the price of shelter over our heads. We see commercials on tv daily promoting all the material things in life. How about the violent games and movies that are being promoted? There will be more and more of this going on. As far as keeping criminals in jail. The cold hard truth is there is not enough room or funds to properly support our criminal justice system. Hey Mr. Obama promotes hand outs. That does not give anyone motivation to make anything of themselves. Welcome to the start of Socialism. Enough said.

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  11. Me   March 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Nonviolent crimes, Jerry Brown probably already has them back on the street.

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  12. Reality Checker   March 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Every parent in America needs to teach thier kids the value of a hard honest days work for an honest days pay. Teach them to repect themselves, and to have respect for others and others property. Any honest job is a good job my grandpappy used to say. Lord knows I worked hard as a kid doing whatever needed to be done and had those values drilled into me. They serve me well today. I am able to keep a great and good paying job because I do what I see needs doing without having to be told. Thanks Grandpaw, and Dad.

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  13. EX CON   March 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT THOSE WHO GREW UP IN AN AREA WHERE CRIME WAS EXCEPTED AND GLORIFIED WILL MOST LIKELY BE CRIMINALS. UNLESS THEIR ROLE MODLES CAN CHANGE FROM TONY MONTANA TO CAPTAIN PLANET HAHAHA OR IF WE AS COMMUNITY INSTILL THOSE VALUES AND PROVIDE PRAISE WHICH IN TURN PROVIDES A SENSE OF PRIDE FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENT IN TO THEIR HEADS BUT MOST IN IMPORTANTLY INTO THEIR HARTS WITH THOSE SET IN AS PART OF THEIR CHARACTER THE THOUGHT OF LETTING THEIR LOVE ONES DOWN TRIGGERS THEM TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOSE BUT IT IS ONLY MY THOUGHTS AND I HAVE HAD A LONG TIME TO THINK !!

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  14. Reality Checker   March 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I just hate when illiterates post comments here. There’s no reason an adult can’t master the English language enough to write without mis-spellings and using run on sentences. If you mis-spell occasionally, ok, but to misspell simple words often and to write a full paragraph with one sentence is embarrassing. That simply shows you have no discipline or motivation to better yourself, and erodes any credibility you think you have one this particular subject of education. It’s just dumb to expect one would take an illiterate adult’s opinion seriously on this topic, since it is painfully obvious it wasn’t important enough for them to learn how to write to begin with.

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  15. Peace   March 6, 2013 at 12:26 am

    @comment #14 Sometimes the importance lies in what was written and the meaning behind it, instead of how it was written :)

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  16. grunt   March 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

    As for why we can not keep them locked up; $$, but we pay so much more per prisoner than any other state, nearly twice the second highest state. Part is the high guard saleries, part is the judge-mandated "reforms". the state can either house them in cheaper prisons, or increase the funding, but not both

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  17. grunt   March 6, 2013 at 8:05 am

    web site for the above :http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/spe01.pdf

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  18. Catmother   March 6, 2013 at 9:13 am

    And remember to never end a sentence (or a paragraph) with a preposition.

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  19. Just my opinion   March 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Reality Checker. You are far from "reality". It is fine and good your Grandpa promoted hard work, however, take a look around. There are not any decent jobs out there. I just read an article on minimum wage. $7.25 an hour. 3.6 million Americans are living on it. (I should say trying to live on it). It takes a full day of work for them just to fill their gas tanks. College students are having trouble finding jobs. Construction has gone sour. Our jobs are no longer here in America. We gave them to China and Mexico and wherever else someone would work for dirt so the corporate giants could make billions. It was really nice "back in the good old days" but we are not there. The sooner we realize it. The sooner we can correct it.

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  20. To Reality Checker   March 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I agree with your comment. Unfortunately, I see it quite a bit in these posts and it frustrates me that people have poor English skills. Are people really that uneducated that they can’t form a proper sentence without spelling errors? As far as this subject on crime, what happened to the neighborhood watch program? We need to keep our eyes and ears open and use that thing we call a telephone. Report it…end it. (Just a thought, maybe if they were a little more educated they could get a proper job and support themselves legally.)

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  21. Molly M   March 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

    To Reality Checker: Thank you, thank you!!

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  22. Reality Checker   March 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

    What keeps anyone from taking some initiative and learning on thier own, instead of blaming everyone and everything else for thier plight? When I see someone playing the victim card and blaming everyone but themselves for their station in life, and being generally lazy, it makes me want to throw up in my mouth. Especially when they are grown adult males that have more knowledge of skateboarding, video gaming and pot smoking than they have about what’s going on in the world around them. By the way, for #19, any honest job is a proper and good job regardless of the pay. A person doesn’t have to be employed to be a hard worker, either. Its a reputation EARNED, and one that will follow you around for the rest of your life. One doesnt get a reputation of being an honest and hard worker by doing only enough to barely scrape by. Not just talking about money there either! People just don’t either know how to work, or they are just plain lazy. I personally think its the latter. A lot are just lazy shiftless illiterate smart alecks that feel entitled to everything and use the victim card for sympathy. If one works hard, and helps themselves first, I am all for doing whatever I can to help. If they don’t help themselves first, I’m not going to lift a finger to help them, nor am I going to feel a bit sorry for them when they can’t support themselves.
    As far as joblessness goes, STOP VOTING FOR THE LIAR LIBERAL, SOCIALIST, MARXIST GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THAT DESTROY OUR ECONOMY WITH THEIR PROGRESSIVE CENTRALIZED PLANNING BIG GOVERNMENT, ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL, COMMUNIST, AMERICA HATING AGENDAS!!!

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  23. Reality Checker   March 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Anyone playing the victim card gets no sympathy from me. Same goes with the race card. Both are over used by the political left for the express purpose of dividing the country along racial and class warfare lines. Its especially effective in a bad economy, when people are more willing to commit crime that look for a job, which is why we will never have a good economy as long as Socialists think it works for them. Its a tactic of the Socialist to gain and retain political power. It seems obvious to me, that Socialists resort to these disgusting tactics because they can’t win it honestly. That’s why we have a bad economy. Government intrusion and control are simply the tools by which they keep the economy from flourishing. If we had a good economy and people had good jobs, it would much harder for the Socialist elite to divide us, and control us. It’s all about control for them, and with that, MONEY AND WEALTH.

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  24. The Truth   March 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    @ Reality Checker, lead the charge Sir. We will be right behind you!!!

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