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SAN DIEGO – Two thieves are in jail after pleading guilty to auto theft and burglary in a crime spree that victimized dozens of people in San Diego and the South Bay.

Malcom Brown, 22, and Alexis Carr, 25, both pleaded guilty to vehicle theft and burglary on April 10. They are scheduled to be sentenced on May 8.

Investigators say the pair is responsible for a crime spree in March that victimized at least 53 people. They are believed to have broken into more than 40 vehicles and burglarized several residences.

The break in the case came on March 27, when Chula Vista police spotted a stolen vehicle parked at a motel parking lot. Officers contacted the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, which sent detectives to the motel. They arrested Brown and Carr and recovered 144 stolen items.

“There were two stolen vehicles at the hotel when the suspects were arrested a lot of stolen property was recovered from inside the vehicles," said Luis Mendez with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan today asked for the public’s help in identifying stolen property and...

Posted by San Diego County District Attorney on Monday, April 30, 2018

Investigators have identified less than half of the theft victims, so they are asking potential victims to come forward.  Macaire Castle of Mission Valley is one of the victims they were able to get in contact with after her temporary ID was found inside a hotel room.   “It’s like a really violating feeling because my whole identity got stolen, every card got stolen, they took my grandfather’s multi tool so I feel like they just took everything. ”

The break-ins happened during the last two weeks of March in the following areas:

  • Downtown San Diego
  • Tierra Santa
  • Mission Valley
  • Mid-City
  • Spring Valley
  • San Diego State College area
  • National City
  • Chula Vista
  • Imperial Beach

If you believe you are one of the victims, contact the San Diego Regional Auto Theft Task Force at 858-627-4000.