FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2014
POINT OF CONTACT: Lt Neal Griffin, 760-839-4444
On February 22, 2012, Girl Scouts from Troop #2034 were selling cookies outside a local Escondido grocery store. As is custom, the Scouts had left a “tip jar” on the table for people who were interested in making a contribution. At about 4:30 PM, a man ran past the table, stole the tip jar and then jumped in a vehicle and fled the scene. A “heads-up” troop leader memorized the license plate of the fleeing car and notified Escondido PD.
The police investigation led to the identity of a suspect: David Betancort, 21 of Escondido. On February 27th officers and detectives of the Escondido Police Department, assisted by the U.S. Marshals located Betancort in a residence in Escondido. Betancort was known to have warrants issued for his arrest on unrelated cases. When officers went to contact Betancort he fled the home. After a short foot pursuit, Betancort was taken into custody for the arrest warrants. The EPD investigation into the original theft will be forwarded to the San Diego District Attorney with a recommendation that he charged with petty theft.