San Ramon police arrested two people Monday night in connection with auto burglaries at The Marketplace Shopping Center just off Bollinger Canyon Road, a department spokesman said Thursday.
At 7:03 p.m., SRPD received a call from a woman at the shopping center, who had been sitting in her car when she saw a man peering into vehicles near her, including her own, according to police Lt. Cary Goldberg. She connected him to a white truck at the center.
Officers arrived on scene and stopped a man driving a white truck that matched the description the woman had given. Another officer apprehended a second man who had been seen talking with the first suspect earlier and was on foot, police officials said.
An officer circling around the parking lot found three vehicles with broken windows that had been broken into, Goldberg said. Two of the cars had thousands of dollars worth of property stolen from their interiors, including electronics, wallets and computers. The third car had no property stolen and was just vandalized.
"We appreciate the reports from our citizens, because we cannot be at all places at once," Goldberg said.
He added, "We encourage anyone who leaves their car to not leave any possessions out in plain view. Any valuables should be locked in the trunk."
All stolen property was returned to its owners.
The two suspects arrested included a man in his late 20s from Oakland and a man in his early 30s from Concord, Goldberg said. The men, whose names were not released, were booked into the Martinez Detention Center, and their case was presented to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday.