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August 24, 2010 > Auto theft in Milpitas

Auto theft in Milpitas

By Meenu Gupta

Car-related thefts are among the most common offenses; thefts of cars or from them. Most thefts occur when cars are parked on the street or on the owner's property or at a parking facility. Thefts from cars include thefts of items left in cars, thefts of interior components such as radios or batteries, and thefts of external parts such as wheels. Many times people who are shopping all day will go back to their car to drop off their purchases. This is not recommended; it is better to put the parcels in the trunk or cover them with a blanket so they are not visible.

Last week two suspects broke into a vehicle on Dennis Avenue. Both suspects are 17 years old and Milpitas residents. The suspects took property from the vehicle and fled the area on foot. A resident witnessed the theft and provided detailed descriptions of the suspects to Officer Reuben Lopez. Both suspects are juveniles and were arrested on Carl Avenue.

On Wednesday, August 18, in another auto-related incident, a suspect attempted to carjack a vehicle at Warm Springs in Fremont. The victim managed to flee in the vehicle. "Suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 18-year-old, 5 feet 6" tall with stocky build," said Detective Bill Veteran, Fremont Police Department. The suspect is still at large. Officer Hadden is investigating the case.

"Residents should refrain from leaving personal items such as GPS devices, laptops, purses, phones, or any other valuables visible in parked vehicles," said Officer Gene Smith. The Milpitas Police Department encourages residents to call the police when any suspicious activity is seen or heard. Callers may remain anonymous when providing information. Call (408) 586-2400 or 9-1-1 when the activity is still occurring or callers can dial the Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500 in order to leave a recorded message. Non-emergency information can also be given at the police department's website www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov.

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