Suspects caught robbing car linked to string of break-ins, police say

CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Police responding to a report of people breaking into a car arrested several suspects accused in a string of vehicle burglaries in Chula Vista and San Diego, a lieutenant said Thursday. 

Rafael Alvarez, 41, of San Diego; Bruce Lee Gonzalez, 38, of unincorporated San Diego County; and Marla Marie Gutierrez, 42, of Chula Vista were expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in a downtown courtroom on a slew of charges, including burglary, criminal conspiracy, and possession of stolen property.

A fourth suspect was also taken into custody, but his status was unclear.

Chula Vista officers were dispatched about 2:35 a.m. Tuesday to an in-progress car break-in in the 1300 block of Santa Diana Road, Lt. Eric Thunberg said. The first officers to arrive stopped a car that was leaving the scene and detained the four suspects.

The ensuing investigation determined the suspects had allegedly broken into at least one car in that area and turned up property stolen during a string of vehicle break-ins in the city of San Diego, Thunberg said.

The arrests serve as a reminder for why it’s important to report all crimes, Thunberg said.

"The suspects were arrested for one crime and had items linking them to others," the lieutenant said. "This case illustrates the importance of prompt crime reporting … Detectives are unable to follow up with victims of unreported crimes. This hampers our ability to hold suspects accountable for their crimes and to reunite victims with their belongings."

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