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Pleasanton police arrest auto burglary suspects

PLEASANTON — Three East Bay teenagers were arrested on suspicion of a series of auto burglaries after a neighbor’s early-morning tip, authorities said Monday.

Police said a Bonita Avenue resident heard breaking glass outside her home around 2 a.m. and looked out a window to see people with flashlights near a car.

After she called police, she kept watching as the people walked up the street, with a vehicle following along with its lights out.

Moments later, several officers responded to the area and stopped a rented silver Kia Forte with Florida license plates.

Officers found more than a dozen vehicles’ windows smashed, with property apparently taken from them inside the Kia.

Two juveniles, one from Hercules and one from Richmond, were detained, as was Keon Ibarra, 18, of Richmond, police said.

Ibarra was booked into Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of conspiracy and second-degree burglary and held on $100,000 bail, while the juveniles were booked into Juvenile Hall in San Leandro.

Police said officers were working to return property to its owners, and thanked residents for tips alerting them to cases like these.

“This also is a good reminder about how important it is to take all valuables out of your vehicles. #BetterTogether,” police said.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

Source: www.mercurynews.com