A months-long investigation into an uptick in auto burglaries culminated last week in the arrest of two teenagers.
Mountain View Police Department officers on Feb. 12 arrested Alameda resident Lamar Nicholson, 19, and a 16-year-old San Francisco resident whose name is being withheld because he is underage. Officers charged Nicholson with 19 counts of auto burglary, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to commit a crime and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His alleged accomplice is charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of burglary tools and providing a false name to police. The 16-year-old was cited and released to a family member, according to a department press release.
In a spree thought to have commenced during the summer, the suspects took laptops, cell phones and tablets from vehicles parked in several local towns, including Cupertino, one of their most recent targets, according to the release.
The police department encourages drivers to always lock their vehicle doors and windows and to take all valuable items with them when they park. Items that must remain behind should be thoroughly concealed before arrival so eagle-eyed thieves don’t observe the effort.
The San Jose Police Department, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety all contributed to the investigation, according to the release.