ARCO Gas Station Burglaries

Unknown Suspect Wanted for Commercial Burglary Series;

Suspect Image Captured by Surveillance Camera

Up to $1,000 Reward Offered


May 3, 2013

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San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Southeastern Division are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate an unknown suspect wanted in connection with at least two different commercial burglaries at the same Arco gas station.

Detectives said the first case occurred on April 5, 2013, at approximately 4:30 a.m. and the second case occurred on April 18, 2013, at approximately 4:50 a.m.  In both cases, a White or light skinned Hispanic male entered the Arco gas station located at 4333 Home Avenue. While the clerk was in the back room, the suspect ripped the lottery ticket dispensers from the counter and ran out of the store. The suspect was last seen getting into the passenger side of a dark colored sedan, possibly a late model Honda Civic, and fleeing the scene. Within several hours of both burglaries, the suspect cashed the winning stolen tickets at the following convenience stores all located in the  Spring Valley area of San Diego: 7/11 @ 900 Grand Avenue, 7/11 @ 2800 Bancroft, Horseshoe liquor @ 900 Grand Avenue, and Bancroft Market & Liquor @ 3600 Bancroft. 

Suspect: White or light skinned Hispanic male, 18-20 years old, 5’7”-5’9” tall, Thin build wearing a hunting cap.  See images of suspect attached to page 2 of this release.

Vehicle Description: Dark colored (possibly black) late model sedan (possibly a Honda Civic.)

Anyone with information on this case should call SDPD Southeastern Division at (619) 527-3500 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via

  • Media inquiries about the case can be directed to Lt. Kevin Mayer at (619) 531-2675.
  • Media inquiries about Crime Stoppers can be directed to Officer James Johnson at (619) 531-1500 or Deputy Adriana Uribe at (619) 531-1547.

For information leading to an arrest, you could receive up to a $1,000 reward and remain anonymous.  The qualification of any person(s) for the reward and the amount of the reward for any person(s) so qualifying will be determined by San Diego County Crime Stoppers, Inc, in its sole discretion.  The amount of all rewards given shall not exceed $1,000.  Information must be received on the tip line, (888) 580-8477.