PINOLE -- Police in Pinole arrested a group of four suspected of burglarizing a home on Simas Avenue, the second time in two weeks that thieves targeted a home on that street.
Elissa Garcia, 20, and Oscar Lopez, 18, both of Richmond, were arrested with two juveniles around noon on Friday after police say the four took jewelry and other items from a home on Simas Avenue. All four were booked on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy to burglarize and possession of stolen property, police said.
An alert citizen tipped police after noticing a suspicion person standing in front of the residence and three others running from the home with what appeared to pillowcase with items in it, Police Chief John Hardester said in a news release.
The quartet then fled the scene in an undisclosed vehicle, but police caught up to it when the vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection Sarah and Rebecca drives, Hardester said. Police pulled over the car and found inside it a pillowcase with jewelry and other items, Hardester said.
Further investigation revealed the items were taken from the home on Simas Avenue, Hardester said.
Garcia and Lopez were taken to the County Jail in Martinez, where they were being held in lieu of $120,000 bail. The two juveniles were taken to Juvenile Hall.
Their arrest came exactly two weeks after two Richmond men and two Oakland men were arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property after police said their attempt to burglarize a home on Simas Avenue was interrupted by an alarm.
In a news release, Hardester called the burglaries "indicative of the increase in burglaries being experienced in Pinole and the region in recent months." He also encouraged residents to be observant of activity in the community and to contact the Pinole Police Department at 510-724-8950 if they see something that seems suspicious.
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