Helicopter search leads to apprehension of two burglary suspects in La Jolla Shores

Two suspects were charged with burglary Tuesday, Sept. 6 after being apprehended by police following an hour-long chase and helicopter search when they fled on foot after being discovered in the home of a La Jolla Shores resident.

The incident at 2631 Inyaha Lane was reported by the burglary victim, who was not identified, at 4:04 p.m., said Lt. Randy Jones of San Diego Police Department’s Northern Division.

“The victim came home and saw a car backed up to his carport and the engine running, and he went inside his house and actually saw his bathroom window open and the screen on the ground,” said Jones. “He then saw a suspect in his house. The victim left his house to call police, and saw two victims come out and take off running.”

Jones said the burglary victim had the presence of mind to remove the keys from the suspects’ car so they couldn’t leave that way and were forced to flee on foot. A helicopter was called in, arrived 12 minutes later, and began searching the area for the two suspects.

“One was caught on the UCSD campus off Expedition Way in the canyon area, and the other was caught at 3900 Caminito Del Cid,” said Jones, adding both suspects were taken into custody by 5 p.m. less than an hour after the call came in.

The two suspects were brothers identified as Michael Riste, 24, of Los Angeles, and Sammy Riste, 20, of San Jose.