Police nab prolific burglar of Ford Rangers

La Mesa Police have arrested San Diegan Nikolas Aledam, 29, and his girlfriend, Destanie Trout, 28, as the result of a string of auto burglaries specifically targeting Ford Ranger pickups.

Aledam was arrested at the East County Courthouse when he showed up for a court appearance on unrelated matters, and a search warrant was then executed on his residence.

On serving the warrant, officers found stolen stereos, amplifiers, speakers, a GPS device, iPods, iPhones, watches, an expandable baton and a Taser. The items linked Aledam to at least 18 vehicle burglaries in La Mesa and potentially more throughout San Diego County. Trout was also contacted and arrested for possession of a controlled substance at the time the warrant was served.

Detective Sean Snow at the La Mesa Police Department is seeking comment from additional potential victims and other information on the case. He can be contacted at (619) 667-7537.

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Many years ago, I had a late 80's Ranger. One day, out of state, I locked myself out of it while trying to be too careful about some things I didn't want to have stolen. The locksmith I called to help me had a fat three-ring binder full of sketches of cars and trucks, and he simply stuck a small plastic wedge into the lower window seal on the driver's side, and then reached down inside the door with a simple hook and snagged the rod that went from the door lock to the button in the inside of the door. With some basic know-how, he had me on my way in about a minute. For $25. If you think car door locks are somehow hard to break into, think again! Don't tempt. Don't assume that anything in a car or truck is safe. Don't get any sort of sense of security from having "locked" your vehicle. 'Nuff said.

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