3 Arrested in North County Burglary Ring

By Monica Garske
|  Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013  |  Updated 2:02 PM PDT
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3 Arrested in North County Burglary Ring

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After a two-month investigation, officials have arrested three suspects in connection with a San Diego County burglary spree that began last December.

Erik Watte, 26, Henry Zermeno, 22, and an unnamed 17-year-old juvenile suspect were all arrested for their suspected involvement in a burglary ring spanning at least 14 cases ranging from mail theft to commercial and residential burglaries in San Diego and Riverside counties.

Officials say a two-month joint investigation by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service into the suspected burglary ring turned up stolen property, drugs, cash and several guns at a residence in North County’s Rainbow area.

On Tuesday, Fallbrook detectives and U.S. Postal inspectors served a search warrant at home in the 2200 block of Huffstatler Road. Investigators say this is the primary residence of Watte and Zermeno, two of the main suspects allegedly involved in the burglary ring.

The juvenile suspect was also taken into custody prior to Tuesday’s warrant service. Officials say he was in a stolen vehicle at the time of his arrest. He was booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of auto theft, conspiracy and residential burglary.

Watte and Zermeno were booked into Vista Jail on possession of stolen property, burglary and narcotics-related charges.

The investigation into this burglary ring is ongoing. Anyone with information that may lead to additional arrests in this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
 

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