PIEDMONT -- A neighbor who noticed a man leaving a home on Scenic Avenue on Wednesday and considered him suspicious helped police nab two burglary suspects.

Patrol officers detained Eriberto Montano, 34, and Simone Aguiler, 40, as they were driving from the residence and arrested them after finding several stolen items inside their vehicle, police said.

Among the property was a laptop and jewelry, Piedmont police Detective George Phifer said.

Officers also found a crowbar and a screwdriver in the vehicle, tools that investigators suspect the couple may have used to commit the burglary because they found a rear door forced open at the home, which is in the 100 block of the street, Phifer said.

The arrests, which occurred about 7 p.m. and just minutes after the neighbor called police, come in the wake of Piedmont police arresting three men on suspicion of attempted burglary at two homes in the 600 block of Blair Street on June 11.

The officers who carried out the arrests and investigated the case on Scenic Avenue were David Cutler, Tom Kincaid, Joe Garcia, Jeff Spranza and Curtis Selseth.

Along with property taken from the residence, the officers found a black iPod and a silver iPod, plus two iPads inside the vehicle when they detained Montano and Aguiler, Phifer said. Investigators suspect the computer equipment may be stolen and ask anyone who may have lost similar items as a result of a recent theft to contact them.


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Anyone with information can call Phifer or Detective Bob Coffey at 510-420-3010.

Reach Peter Hegarty at 510-748-1654 or follow him on Twitter.com/Peter_Hegarty.