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An Inglewood man in custody in San Diego County for allegedly breaking into vehicles is believed to be connected to about three dozen car burglaries targeting surfers’ vehicles in Manhattan Beach, police said Thursday.

“The suspects targeted surfers who left their wallets and cell phones in their vehicles,” Manhattan Beach police Sgt. Tim Zins said. “After the suspects burglarized the vehicles, they used the victims’ credit cards at different Target stores throughout Los Angeles County. Similar crimes occurred in San Diego County, Orange County and Ventura County.”

Earlier this month, Manhattan Beach detectives served a search warrant at a residence in Inglewood, where they seized stolen cell phones, identification cards and credit cards, Zins said.

“Through this ongoing investigation, Manhattan Beach police detectives identified Kevin Lucas as one of the burglary suspects,” Zins said. “MBPD detectives learned that Lucas had also committed several vehicle burglaries in San Diego County and an arrest warrant was issued for Lucas. In June, Lucas was located and booked into Vista Detention Center in San Diego County and charged with 68 felony counts of identity theft and other fraud related charges.”

Authorities believe 18-year-old Lucas was one of the suspects involved in the Manhattan Beach crimes that which occurred between January 2016 and May of this year, said Zins.

–City News Service

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