FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. Craig Carter, 760-839-4487
On 07/22/2011, Escondido Police Detectives arrested five subjects attempting to sell (82) brass fire hydrant caps. Officers arrested the subjects on suspicion of possession of stolen property as well as commercial burglary. The five suspects were attempting to recycle the caps at a local recycling store.
Detectives were able locate the area of the thefts as West County Club Lane north on Centre City Parkway and north on North Broadway in Escondido.
During a follow up investigation, detectives discovered that these subjects had sold over 1,200 pounds of brass fire hydrant caps since 07/16/2011.
Each of the suspects is looking at the following charges: PC 459 and PC 496
Alan Breau Egan, 30 of Escondido (see photo)
Joseph Ronald Egan, 30 of Escondido (see photo)
Victor Jose Francisco, 27 of Escondido (see photo)
Rafael Neito, 29 of Escondido (see photo)
Tara Ashley Pehoviack, 24 of Escondido (see photo)
The estimated cost to replace these caps exceeds 25,000 dollars.
If you notice a fire hydrant missing a cap you are encouraged to call your local fire department with the exact location.
Alan Breau Egan, 30
Joseph Ronald Egan, 30
Rafael Neito, 29
Victor Jose Francisco, 27
Tara Ashley Pehoviack, 24
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