A 19-year-old and a 16-year-old were recently arrested by detectives following an extensive auto burglary investigation.
On Monday, Feb. 12, Mountain View officers arrested Lamar Nicholson, 19, of Alameda, and a 16-year-old San Francisco resident, after they were spotted breaking into vehicles in Cupertino.
The months-long investigation began in the summer of 2017, following an uptick in auto burglaries in our area. During the course of the investigation, Nicholson was identified as the suspect in nearly 20 auto burglaries, spanning several cities.
Items stolen in these auto burglaries included laptops, cell phones and tablets.
Nicholson was ultimately arrested for 19 counts of auto burglary, as well as for possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to commit a crime, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 16-year-old suspect was also arrested for burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of burglary tools and for providing a false name to police when he was initially caught. He was cited and released to a family member.
We want to extend our sincere thanks to the San Jose Police Department's Burglary Suppression Unit, investigators with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, and investigators with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. Their assistance in this case was much appreciated.
We also wanted to take a moment to remind folks about the need to either take all valuable items with you when you leave your vehicle or, if you must leave them behind, properly hide them away before you reach your destination and before you exit your car. Also, please remember to close all windows and lock all doors. It takes just seconds to break into a car, grab what is either in plain view or check obvious hiding places.