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Robbery Suspects Arrested After Police Track Stolen Cell Phone

Police tracking a phone stolen in a home-invasion Sunday morning arrest four suspects.

A stolen cell phone led authorities to four suspects in a home-invasion robbery in Chula Vista Sunday morning, with two arrested in Santee and two arrested in a vehicle on state Route 54 in Spring Valley, according to Chula Vista police.

One of the suspects fired a gunshot during the robbery in the 1000 block of Dorado Way, but nobody was injured, according to police. The bullet was fired through the ceiling of the garage and into the master bedroom, where a woman was sleeping. Police said she was not struck by the bullet.

The robbery was reported around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The resident told police that he was exiting his garage when he was approached by two suspects, with one pointing a gun at him. The suspects forced the resident to lie down at gunpoint and proceeded to ransack the garage, according to police.

After one of the suspects fired the round into the ceiling, they left the residence with several items, including a cell phone. Officers tracked the cell phone and pulled over a vehicle on state Route 54 in Spring Valley.

A loaded gun and stolen property were found in the vehicle, and officers arrested Ryan Johnson and Lizbeth Garcia, both 20.

Officers were able to track the phone to an address in the 1500 block of Graves Street in Santee, where a second suspect vehicle was found. The registered owner, 24-year-old Antonio Rattler, was determined to be a suspect in the robbery and detectives obtained a search warrant for Rattler’s apartment.

The sheriff’s tactical team executed the search warrant around 11:50 a.m. and arrested Rattler and 28-year-old Nichole Clark without incident, according to Chula Vista police.

Things I Learned December 17, 2012 at 03:28 AM
So Antonio Rattler of the 1500 block of Graves Street in Santee is suspected of stealing his own phone from a house in the 1000 block of Dorado Way in Chula Vista which the police found after they traced it to a car on Highway 54 in Spring Valley? This is an entirely plausible and not at all ridiculous tale and I am sure there is nothing more to it.
Mark December 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Good Police work
Golly Gee December 17, 2012 at 06:25 PM
The article clearly states the cell phone was stolen from the first victim at the scene of the crime What seems to be the issue in understanding the sequence of events?
LT December 17, 2012 at 07:56 PM
i think what they were trying to say is they tracked the cell phone to a residence where they found A CAR registered to another suspect in the robbery. worded a little weird but i'm assuming they were refering to the car's registration at that point and not the phone?
Things I Learned December 17, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Maybe. My problem isn't with the article--just saying there has to be more to this story if what's been reported is accurate.
Things I Learned December 17, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Gee I dunno how about if the phone was stolen from the victim in Chula Vista then how were the cops "able to track the phone to an address in the 1500 block of Graves Street in Santee, where a second suspect vehicle was found" after "[o]fficers tracked the cell phone and pulled over a vehicle on state Route 54 in Spring Valley."? If the cops found the phone in the car on Route 54 then how did they later track it to Santee unless it was Antonio Rattler's phone? If the phone belonged to the victim in Chula Vista then the cops used some other method to zero in on the 1500 block of Graves Street like one of the perps gave the others up or the victims who happened to be exiting their garage sometime after 1 in the morning knew the suspects who had driven from Santee to Chula Vista to look for people exiting their garages sometime after 1 in the morning.
LT December 18, 2012 at 05:10 AM
ok, had to search a minute to find out how the cell phone was tracked to 2 seperate locations as several articles on the incident are fairly short and poorly worded as to the explanation but this one may explain it.... http://fox5sandiego.com/2012/12/16/suspects-arrested-in-home-invasion-near-chula-vista/ if this report is accurate then it means the cops traced the phone to the car on the 54, then used some sort of "data" in the phone records to find the address and suspects in santee. i'm sure there's more to the story, but if you're dumb enough to use a phone you just stole in an armed robbery to call your accomplices or leave some sort of "data trail" then it's no surprise you got caught. also, you're forced to assume at least one if not both vehicles used in the robbery were easily ID'ed
Things I Learned December 18, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Thanks LT that makes sense.

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