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Deputies Arrest Two Men for Burglary in Lemon Grove

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A search of a suspicious vehicle with gang members in it led sheriff's deputies to arrest two men for burglarizing a house that had been tented for fumigation, and the discovery of a gas mask, sheriff's deputies said Sunday.

Deputies spotted two men in a parked vehicle at about 6:40 a.m. Saturday at Lemon Grove Park, 2271 Washington St., Sgt. Greg Hampton said.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered a loaded handgun that had been reported stolen from a nearby home while it was tented for fumigation about two weeks ago.

Deputies arrested the two people in the vehicle, Sergio Perez, 21, and James St. Clair, 22, for possession of a stolen firearm, Hampton said. Deputies also determined that Perez was a documented gang member.

A search of both suspects' residences uncovered a man at St. Clair's residence with an outstanding felony warrant, who was also arrested, Hampton said. Deputies also found a gas mask at the residence.

"The gas mask would be a necessary tool when burglarizing a house being fumigated," Hampton said.

All three suspects were booked into county jail, Hampton said.

—City News Service

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