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Theft of cell phone during Pacific Beach home invasion leads police to suspects’ vehicle in Carlsbad

A Pacific Beach home-invasion victim tracking his stolen cellphone led to the arrest of at least two people in Carlsbad Sunday night, San Diego police said.

The incident began around 9:50 p.m. when two men pushed their way into a home on Jewell Street near Pacific Beach Drive after the victim answered the door, police said. One intruder had a gun and the second took a knife from the kitchen.

Police said the victim was held at gunpoint while his home was searched.

The two took personal items, cash and the victim’s cellphone and took off. A witness who thought it was strange the intruders had backed into a parking space told police what the vehicle looked like and which way it headed when they fled.

But it was the quick thinking of the victim that provided key information to police.

“The victim got on his laptop once the suspects left to ping his phone,” said police Officer Sarah Foster. “They took his phone and some other stuff and that’s how we were able to get the location and found a car that matched the description.”

The suspects’ vehicle was located heading north on Interstate 5 and stopped at Palomar Airport Road. Foster said at least two men described as being between 30 and 40 years old were arrested. A third person also was in the vehicle, but she didn’t know if that person was arrested. The stolen items were recovered along with a handgun, police said.

Robbery detectives are investigating the incident.



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