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Prolific auto burglars arrested by MVPD detectives

After months of extensive investigation, Mountain View detectives, with the assistance of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, the Los Altos Police Department, and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office, arrested three men Tuesday night wanted in connection with a slew of auto burglaries in the South Bay.

The suspects have been identified as 39-year-old Oakland resident Marcus Anigilaje, 25-year-old Sacramento resident Troy Collins, and 29-year-old Oakland resident Paul Edwards. 

On June 18 around 7:40 p.m., detectives were notified that the three men were in the Mountain View area, driving in a black Infiniti sedan along San Antonio Road heading towards El Camino Real. 

Officers coordinated to stage in the area to ensure the safety of those in the area as well as to try and apprehend the suspects before they left Mountain View. 

As the trio headed down San Antonio Road, our teams surrounded their vehicle and ordered the men out of their car. All three were taken into custody without incident. 

During a search of the vehicle, burglary tools and a laptop were located. We are working to determine if the laptop was stolen and to whom it belongs. 

The men, who have been connected to auto burglaries in Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, and Cupertino, were subsequently arrested for burglary, possession of burglary tools, and receiving stolen property. 

The men were transported to the Santa Clara County Jail, where they are being held without bail.

“I am very proud of the work that was done to catch these suspects,” said Lt. Frank St. Clair. “The multi-agency efforts throughout the investigation were paramount to effectively apprehending three men who have victimized too many in our cities.”

Police work is a team effort, and we want to thank the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, the Los Altos Police Department, and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance yesterday and throughout the investigation. We’d also like to thank the San Jose Police Department for their assistance during the investigation. 

While these men have been taken off of the street, we continue to encourage people to refrain from leaving items of value in their vehicle. If someone can see things like a phone, a bag, a laptop, etc., they could steal it. To be safe, always take items of value with you. Please, do not leave them in your vehicles.

Media inquiries can be sent to PIO Katie Nelson at policepio@mountainview.gov.

 

Marcus Anigilaje

 

Troy Collins

 

Paul Edwards

 

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