Reward Offered in Theft Series at Zoo

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    Norberto Pineda Cedano, 24, is accused of using a device or key to enter vehicles without forcing entry.

    Detectives are offering a $1,000 reward for help catching a man considered “armed and dangerous” who is accused of breaking into cars in the San Diego Zoo parking lot.

    Norberto Pineda Cedano, 24, is the primary suspect in a series that spans several months, according to police.

    “Detectives said there have been 23 cases over the last several months with at least six connected to Cedano,” said Officer Johnson James.

    Cedano has allegedly been targeting Chevy and GMC vehicles using a device or key to enter the vehicles without forcing entry. 

    “In many cases, Cedano has taken credit cards from the victims’ vehicles and used the stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards at various stores around the County,” said Officer James.

    The alleged thefts have primarily happened on Fridays through Sundays.

    “Cedano is a documented gang member and considered armed and dangerous,” said Officer James.

    Cedano is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, approximately 250 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

    “Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case,” said Officer James.

    Anyone with information on the location of this suspect should call police at (619) 744-9500 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.