San Diego County Sheriff's deputies made four arrests Tuesday morning during a parole and probation compliance check in Lemon Grove and Spring Valley.
Between 7 a.m. and noon, around 40 deputies, along with officers from the San Diego County Probation Department and JUDGE unit, conducted the operation. The compliance check was in response to an uptick in stolen vehicles, according to a news release.
In 2012, the Lemon Grove Sheriff's disccovered that there had been an increase in stolen vehicles from the previous year. Sheriff's crime analysts, as well as analysts from the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center, Lemon Grove Special Purpose deputies, and detectives, identified 22 Lemon Grove and Spring Valley residents on probation or parole who had a history of auto-theft related crimes, authorities said.
During the compliance check, four unnamed adults were arrested on four different felony charges, including weapons and drug violations. One of the arrests reportedly was related to a previous stolen vehicle case Lemon Grove detectives had been working on.
The San Diego Sheriff's Department urges community members to lock all doors and windows to their vehicles and encourages them to help protect their cars with an anti-theft device.
Visit http://www.sdsheriff.net/co_crimeprevention.html for more tips on reducing the risk of becoming a victim.