EL CENTRO - An undocumented immigrant suspected of possessing about $23,000 of jewelry was arrested early Wednesday during the burglary of the Kohl’s store in El Centro, a police official said.
The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Damasio Silva Ortega, of Durango, Mexico, told El Centro police he was in the U.S. illegally.
Ortega was booked into the county jail on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest, said police Cmdr. Jeff Mason in a statement. Officers used a Taser device to control Ortega who, Mason said, resisted their efforts to take him into custody.
El Centro police responded to the 2:15 a.m. burglary alarm call at the Danenberg Drive location where Officer Adrian Hirales saw a window smashed and broken glass lying on the ground, Mason said.
After looking inside the department store, Ortega was seen running toward the east end of the store, Mason said.
Once caught, officers searched Ortega’s clothing and found the jewelry, which a store employee confirmed belonged to Kohl’s, Mason said.
Two juveniles suspected of assault and battery
BRAWLEY - Police received a 12:29 p.m. call Monday at Desert Valley High School about two students fighting inside an office where staff was also getting hit, according to a log entry at the Brawley Police Department.
The students have been separated and placed into two different rooms at the continuation high school, the entry read. The log did not specify whether anyone was seriously hurt but it was learned the juveniles were arrested on suspicion of assault and battery and released to their parents.
BRAWLEY - A gold necklace valued at $2,000 was stolen Wednesday from a vehicle in the 900 block of Calle Luna. Police received a 7:24 a.m. call of the theft, a log entry read.
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