An Inland Empire couple has been charged with a methamphetamine-fueled spree of car thefts in Laguna Beach that led police to a sick puppy that is being treated and prepared for adoption, authorities said.
Rachel Alvarez, 28, of Redlands, who was arrested last week, has pleaded guilty and was placed on probation, according to Laguna Beach police Sgt. Jim Cota. Johnny Cervantez, 22, of San Bernardino, was arrested over the weekend, Cota said.
Laguna Beach received reports of 10 vehicles burglarized the weekend of June 2-4, and police accused the two of six of the break-ins, Cota said.
Video surveillance led police to Alvarez and Cervantez, Cota said.
The two were high on methamphetamine “and not planning on sleeping anytime soon,” so they found themselves in Laguna Beach where the car thefts became easy pickings because many of the vehicle owners left their cars unlocked, Cota said.
While serving a search warrant on Cervantez’s home they came across a German shepherd puppy that was limping due to an injury from a child running into the canine with a scooter, Cota said. Police were able to take the dog into custody and nurse the pup back to health, Cota said.
The puppy — named Flash Gordon as an homage to the city’s first officer killed in the line of duty — is expected to be put up for adoption soon, Cota said.
Police were able to get most of the stolen goods back to the victims, including a teacher’s laptop computer, Cota said.
–City News Service
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