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Rash of Vehicle Break-Ins in Multiple Bay Area Cities

At least 50 cars busted into in Sunnyvale; police in San Jose, Fremont and Palo Alto also investigating break-ins

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Police in multiple Bay Area cities are investigating dozens of car break-ins this week, and arrests have been made in some of the cases.

The latest rash of break-ins occurred late Tuesday night and overnight Wednesday in Sunnyvale, police said. At least 50 cars were broken into in that span, police confirmed Wednesday morning.

Ismael Murillo-Rodriguez and Brayan Burgos-Vargas.

Two suspects from Oakland were arrested in connection with the Sunnyvale smash and grab burglaries, police said. Ismael Murillo-Rodriguez, 28, and Brayan Burgos-Vargas, 25, were booked into Santa Clara County Jail on 43 counts of burglary and receiving stolen property.

Eleven of the break-ins were reported in the 900 block of Rockefeller Drive, but the exact locations of the other break-ins were not immediately known.

In Fremont early Tuesday morning, officers arrested a pair of teens connected to a string of auto burglaries after two simultaneous vehicle chases, police said.

At about 1:05 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the Mosaic Apartments where a witness reported seeing a man in a hoodie breaking into cars, police said. When officers arrived, a Mercedes fled the scene in one direction and a Honda CRV in another. The CRV was believed to be stolen, and officers had been searching for it earlier, police said.

Police in multiple Bay Area cities are investigating dozens of car break-ins this week, and arrests have been made in some of the cases. Marianne Favro reports.

The officer chasing the Mercedes could not determine how many suspects were inside and ended the chase due to unsafe driving conditions on southbound Interstate 880 in the area of Auto Mall Parkway, police said.

The driver of the stolen CRV, later identified as a 16-year-old juvenile, led officers on a pursuit through Fremont, Union City and Hayward. Police used a pursuit intervention to disable the car, and the juvenile suspect then fled on foot. He was arrested along with a 19-year-old passenger, police said.

About 30 vehicles in the Sundale area of Fremont were damaged, police said. Fourteen reports were taken at the Mosaic Apartments, and several more break-ins occurred in the area of Bidwell Drive.

San Jose police also responded and were investigating whether the two in custody were linked to vehicle break-ins in their city earlier this week. Those burglaries occurred in the city's Willow Glen neighborhood.

Also earlier this week in Palo Alto, police arrested three men and two juveniles in connection with eight reported vehicle break-ins. Palo Alto police said there have been dozens of break-ins over the past few weeks.

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