Boy caught on camera scraping off car logo in South Bay

CHULA VISTA, Calif — A strange pair of thefts in Chula Vista has left one car owner confused and annoyed.

Christopher Gutierrez, who owns the targeted car, said he’s seen the same boy on camera defacing his family’s 2018 Toyota Camry SE on two separate occasions. While the possessions are inexpensive, he says it’s concerning the incidents happened in broad daylight.

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Surveillance video from Gutierrez shows the boy walking his dog in the Eastlake Vistas community of Chula Vista. He can be seen scanning the area before removing the model lettering from the rear of the car. He returned a day later around 9 a.m. and removed the “SE” lettering from the car as well.

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Gutierrez turned to a local Facebook group where other community members recalled seeing a group of kids vandalizing a nearby country club.

Gutierrez isn't alone as a victim of the unusual theft. A quick google search revealed that stealing car badges is one of the top auto-related crimes nationwide.

Gutierrez reached out to Chula Vista Police Department, who said patrols would be increased in the area.

Anyone with information was asked to call San Diego Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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