2 Arrested in East County Crime Spree

Suspect in an armed robbery in La Mesa was arrested for two burglaries

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    San Diego police officers investigating an armed robbery of a La Mesa convenience store announce an arrest. The suspect is a man accused for a string of other crimes.

    Michael Colace and Terri Franck face charges including robbery, residential burglary, auto theft, false imprisonment, kidnapping, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon according to officials.

    La Mesa police officers say Colace, 46, held up a 7-Eleven store on Amaya Drive after 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

    Officials said the suspect in the convenience store robbery wore a “Halloween mask of a bloody clown face” and pointed a handgun and mace at the clerk. La Mesa police say Colace committed the robbery and then left with some cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

    Officials believe Colace then broke into a home on Odessa Avenue while the residents were sleeping. He allegedly stole a white 2005 Town and Country van and left the area.

    Around 1 p.m. the same day, San Diego County sheriff’s deputies found the van inside the garage of a home on Crest Drive in Spring Valley.

    Deputies believe Colace and an accomplice stole another vehicle – a 2000 white Nissan Frontier truck – from the garage at the Crest Drive home and left the Town and Country van parked in its place.

    The accomplice, later identified as 39-year-old Terri Franck, was also arrested Saturday with Colace in Carlsbad.

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