SAN CARLOS -- What started as a traffic stop over a broken tail light ended Tuesday with the arrest two Fremont teens on suspicion of burglarizing Peninsula and East Bay cars, police said.
An officer pulled over Marco Patino, 18, near Arroyo Avenue and Elm Street around 10 a.m. due to brake light that wasn't working, said San Mateo County Sheriff's Sgt. Al Elzey.
As the officer, and others who came to help, began investigating the driver, they realized Patino's license was suspended. Police then discovered burglary tools and items stolen from cars in Fremont and Belmont, Elzey said.
Patino was booked into San Mateo County jail on various charges including possessing stolen property and driving on a suspended license. A 16-year-old boy was booked into juvenile hall on similar charges.
The arrests come as police fight against a double digit spike in burglaries in cities around the Bay Area.
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