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North County man on early release program re-arrested

Escondido police found stolen credit cards in his wallet

Officer Wyse, a sixteen-year veteran with Escondido police, contacted three of the victims.
  • Officer Wyse, a sixteen-year veteran with Escondido police, contacted three of the victims.
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A man who was released from custody because of a California law that sent certain criminals from state prison to local jails and then “post-release community supervision,” was recently re-arrested in Escondido.

David Charles Escovedo Jr., 41, was reportedly found with four credit cards in his wallet, and those credit and debit cards all had other persons’ names on them, according to Escondido police officer Andrew Wyse. The officer contacted Escovedo at a hotel in the 1200 block of West Valley Parkway two months ago.

Officer Wyse, a sixteen-year veteran with Escondido police, said that on May 9 he was aware that Escovedo was on AB109 probation for a prior conviction for ID theft, that case dating from June of 2014.

The California legislature passed AB109 in late 2011, which created lesser punishments for certain offenders, and labeled some crimes as non-violent or less-serious or non-sexual, and sent some criminals from state prisons to local jails.

Officer Wyse was able to contact one person whose name was on one credit card, that woman said her purse had been stolen from her home in Encinitas one month prior, and that her credit card went missing at that time.

Another person the officer was able to contact said his credit card had been stolen from his vehicle in December of 2012, and that credit card was no longer valid.

A third person contacted by officer Wyse said she was not aware that her credit card was stolen, she believed that she had lost it two weeks ago, at a Food4Less grocery store in Lemon Grove.

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