Suspected loitering arrested in Encinitas; authorities say he may be connected to other incidents


A man was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of loitering. Nov. 16, after a woman reported being stalked in her backyard in Encinitas, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

The events happened shortly before two quarter past eight in the evening. at a residence on Oxford Avenue near Liverpool Drive, sheriff’s Lt. Chase Chiappino said in a news release. The woman called 911 and told authorities that someone had broken through the side fence to get to the back of her home.

The marauder’s image was captured on surveillance video recorded in the backyard.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they saw a pickup truck driving away from the area, running stop signs, Chiappino said. Deputies stopped the truck on Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach.

The driver, a 51-year-old man from Carlsbad, was arrested, Chiappino said in the news release. He said the driver appeared to match the images of the marauder on surveillance video.

The driver was booked into the county jail on suspicion of vandalism.

Based on evidence collected in connection with the case, the man may be linked to other incidents in the Cardiff area earlier this year, Chiappino said in the news release.

Anyone with information about this incident or who believes they may be a victim is asked to call the sheriff’s department’s North Coast Station at (760) 966-3500. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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