Mountain View Police interrupt car burglary, arrest three suspects

Car burglary suspects
Courtesy of the Mountain View Police Department
Suspects Joel Castro, from left, Christian Cervantes and Kevin Juarez.

Three Concord men attempting to evade police officers Wednesday (Nov. 13) evening selected the wrong place to crash their getaway vehicle: the cul-de-sac beside the Mountain View Police Department. 

Officers arrested Joel Castro, 18; Christian Cervantes, 22; and Kevin Juarez, 22; following their misadventures on Oak Street, according to a MVPD press release.

The trio first attracted police attention at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday. According to the release, detectives conducting surveillance in the area of Charleston Road and North Rengstorff Avenue noticed their black Mercedes pull into a parking lot. A passenger got out and began looking inside parked vehicles. After a while, he reentered the car, which drove away and parked within a second parking lot. When the detectives approached the Mercedes, it drove off and tried to evade them, ultimately crashing into a parking sign at the end of Oak Street.

During their investigation, detectives discovered property freshly stolen during a Sunnyvale auto burglary, according to the release.

“When we say our detectives work around the clock to prevent crime and solve cases, we mean it,” MVPD Lt. Frank St. Clair said in the release. “Once again, outstanding work by our teams who were able to quickly detain, and arrest, these suspects.”

Officers arrested Castro on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of burglary tools. He is being held on a $300,000 bail at the Santa Clara County Jail. They arrested Cervantes on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, reckless driving and hit-and-run. He is being held on a $1 million bail at the jail. And Juarez is facing suspicion of burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. His bail is also $1 million

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