GPS ankle bracelet gives burglar away

Now here’s a real Einstein-class illegal alien. From Signon San Diego

By Kristina Davis // , UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Monday, July 12, 2010 at 5:39 p.m.

ESCONDIDO — A 22-year-old burglary suspect who fled the crime scene just might have gotten away — if only he hadn’t been wearing a GPS ankle bracelet tracking his every move.

The burglary was reported about 4:20 p.m. Thursday, when a girl called 911 saying someone was breaking into her apartment.

Neighbors were able to chase the man away and told arriving police officers that they recognized him as their neighbor, Jimmy Alexander Magadiaga, said Escondido police Lt. Craig Carter.

Officers soon discovered that their suspect was outfitted with a GPS ankle bracelet because of a pending deportation hearing. They quickly partnered with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to begin monitoring his movements.

With an officer now matching Magadiaga turn for turn, police caught up with him two hours later and arrested him without incident.

Magadiaga was booked into the Vista jail on suspicion of burglary and for an outstanding domestic violence warrant.

Investigators suspect he is responsible for other burglaries in the area and are asking potential victims to come forward. Anyone with information can call police at (760) 839-4722 or leave an anonymous tip at (760) 839-4973 or escondido.org/police.

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