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March 20, 2012 > Auto theft suspects arrested

Auto theft suspects arrested

Submitted By Officer Trish Young, Milpitas PD

On March 2, 2012 at approximately 6:08 p.m. a Milpitas police officer responded to the 500 block of E. Capitol Avenue in Milpitas to conduct an auto theft investigation. Officers located nine stolen vehicles, which included trailers and motorcycles, in the parking lot. Milpitas police detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

Milpitas police detectives joined forces with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATTF) to investigate what they believed to be a major auto theft ring. Evidence was gathered, leads were followed and victims of the stolen cars interviewed. The end result of the investigation lead to the recovery of three additional stolen vehicles, two of which were motorcycles.

Milpitas police detectives have arrested Mark Campbell and Mario Ramirez as a result of this investigation. Campbell was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for auto theft, possessing stolen property, drug possession and resisting arrest. Ramirez was located at Elmwood Correctional Facility where he was being already being held for stealing a vehicle in an unrelated case. Milpitas detectives arrested Ramirez for auto theft and possessing stolen property. Angelica Quintana was located and arrested with Campbell. At the time of her arrest, Quintana was in possession of drugs and Milpitas Police detectives believe the drugs were possessed with the intent of sales. She was also arrested for possessing stolen property.

In total, the Milpitas Police Department, RATTF and other involved agencies have recovered 17 stolen vehicles tied to this investigation. Stolen property was located inside some of the recovered stolen vehicles. The property was taken from commercial burglaries within Santa Clara County.

Anyone with any information regarding any suspicious or criminal activity involving this auto theft ring is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department. In addition, we would like to encourage citizens to call the police when any suspicious activity is seen or heard. Callers may remain anonymous when providing information and can call 9-1-1 for in-progress emergencies, 408-586-2400 for non-emergency incidents, or the Crime Tip Hotline at 408-586-2500. Information can also be given at the website http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/police/crime_tip.asp

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