Three men have been arrested after detectives Wednesday night spotted them casing vehicles in Rengstorff parking lots.
Shortly after 8 p.m. on Nov. 13, detectives were conducting surveillance in the area of Charleston Road and North Rengstorff Avenue when a black Mercedes pulled into the parking lot. A passenger got out of the car and began looking inside the vehicles. The passenger then got back into the car and the Mercedes drove into another parking lot and parked.
After a few minutes, the car pulled out and began to drive away. Additional patrol units were called in to help initiate a car stop, but the driver of the Mercedes instead attempted to evade being pulled over, and ended up crashing into a parking sign at the dead end of Oak Street, which also happens to be the back entrance to the Mountain View Police Department.
Officers detained three people who were inside the car and recovered stolen property that had just been taken in an auto burglary in Sunnyvale. Burglary tools were also recovered.
The three men arrested, all from Concord, were 22-year-old Christian Cervantes, 18-year-old Joel Castro, and 22-year-old Kevin Juarez.
Cervantes was arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, reckless driving, and hit-and-run. He is being held on $1,000,000 bail at the Santa Clara County Jail.
Castro was arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, and possession of burglary tools. He is being held on $300,000 bail at the Santa Clara County Jail.
Juarez was arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. He is being held on $1,000,000 bail at the Santa Clara County Jail.
“When we say our detectives work around the clock to prevent crime and solve cases, we mean it,” said Lt. Frank St. Clair. “Once again, outstanding work by our teams who were able to quickly detain, and arrest, these suspects.”
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