Operation Well Spender



DATE: October 10th, 2019

CONTACT: Lt. Chris Lick


PHONE: 760-839-4444


Operation Well Spender



In August, Home Depot investigators contacted the Escondido Police Department regarding ongoing criminal activity. Home Depot investigators believed they had located property stolen from their business and was being sold online.


On August 22, EPD initiated a stolen property investigation at 740 Metcalf #16, in Escondido. The suspect, Irwin Alvarez Sia (41 years old) of Escondido, was operating out of this business location. Sia was buying and selling stolen property on social media sites. Stolen items from Home Depot, Lowe’s, and private citizens were identified on the social media sites. EPD detectives conducted surveillance and extensive follow-up to identify the suspect and obtain more information in order to obtain a search warrant.


On October 4, 2019, search warrants were served at 740 Metcalf #16 and in the 2100 block of Domingo Glen, both in Escondido. Thousands of dollars of stolen property were recovered during the execution of the search warrants including a stolen vehicle and numerous items stolen from Home Depot and Lowe’s.


Sia was booked at the Vista Detention Facility for possession of stolen property and possession of a stolen vehicle.


The successful resolution of this investigation was the result of the partnership between the Escondido Police Dept. Home Depot, Lowe’s, and OfferUp.


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