Detectives with San Diego Police Department’s Auto Theft Unit have arrested two males suspected of committing a series of residential burglaries that included the theft of luxury vehicles.
Gabriel Castano (30) and George Moore (48) face multiple charges, including burglary, auto theft, possession of stolen property, and possession of controlled substance. Both are expected to be arraigned this afternoon.
On Feb. 16, a University City home was burglarized, during wich jewelry, computers and a 2006 Porsche Cayman were taken.
On June 12, a home in La Jolla was burglarized and a 1995 Porsche Carrera was stolen from the garage. Jewelry, computers and a rare Picasso lithograph were also taken.
On July 2, San Diego Police Auto Theft detectives received an anonymous tip through San Diego County Crime Stoppers that the La Jolla Porsche was at a warehouse in San Marcos. Detectives recovered the stolen Porsche and located a dismantled 2005 Ford GT that had been stolen from a residence in Rancho Santa Fe. They also collected evidence that led to the recovery of the Porsche stolen from University City.
Detectives developed information that led to the arrests of Castano and Moore. Further follow-up lead to the recovery of many valuable items, also believed to be stolen. Detectives continue to try to locate the owners of the property and identify additional victims.
Anyone with information concerning these cases is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jim Kistner at (619) 533-5712 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.