Landscaping trucks targeted in string of burglaries

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Investigators release a photo of a license plate on a car of a suspected burglar in Poway and Ramona. (San Diego County Sheriff's Department)

POWAY, Calif. — A reward of up to $1,000 was being offered Tuesday for information leading to the arrest of the two people responsible for a series of vehicle break-ins targeting landscapers in Poway and Ramona last month.

Vehicles associated with landscaping businesses have been broken into at apartment complexes around Poway seven times since May 10, according to the sheriff’s department and Crime Stoppers. Landscaping equipment such as leaf blowers and trimmers were taken in each burglary.

A witness to a break-in about 1 a.m. on May 18 told deputies a man in his mid-20s wearing a hooded sweatshirt took tools from a truck and loaded them into a sedan driven by a heavy-set woman in her mid-20s. A similar burglary with suspects matching that description was reported in Ramona on May 25.

Sheriff’s officials said the suspect vehicle was a two-door gray or silver 2001 Honda sedan with California license plate 4NOG855, but it was recently sold and no information was available about the current owner.

Anyone who witnesses one of the burglaries or has information on the identities or whereabouts of the suspects was asked to call the sheriff’s department at (858) 513-2800, or contact Crime

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