Gas Mask Found After Gun Stolen From Fumigated House

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    San Diego County Sheriff's Department

     A detectives’ hunch that a man stole a gun from a fumigated house led them to discover a gas mask at that suspect’s home.

    The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department started its investigation when deputies contacted Sergio Perez, 20, and James St. Clair, 22, in a parked vehicle Saturday morning in Lemon Grove.

    Both men were told to step out of their car, and when deputies searched the vehicle, they found a loaded handgun, sheriff’s officials say.

    Investigators checked the gun and discovered it had been stolen from a nearby home about two weeks ago.

    At that time, the house had been tented for fumigation.

    Deputies arrested Perez -- who they say is a documented gang member – and St. Clair.

    During their follow-up investigation, detectives served a search warrant to St. Clair’s home. There, they found a gas mask, which would be necessary when burglarizing a fumigated house, sheriff’s officials say.

    They also arrested another suspect at the home for an outstanding felony warrant.

    Perez was booked into jail on a stalking charge, while St. Clair was booked on charges of receiving known stolen property more than $400 and not being the registered owner of the handgun.