A 39-year-old man was arrested in Santa Cruz this week after he was spotted trying to break in to multiple vehicles and was found to have many stolen items in his backpack when he was detained, according to police. On Sept. 5, a Santa Cruz Police Department community service officer responded to a report of a vehicle burglary in a parking garage on Soquel Avenue, police said. The suspect had used some sort of cutting instrument to destroy the soft top of the vehicle and took an iPod, cd’s and other items. The officer viewed surveillance video and saw someone trying to break into multiple vehicles, and recognized the suspect as Jason Holbrook, a transient who had been contacted multiple times in the downtown area of Santa Cruz recently. On Wednesday, Santa Cruz police officers spotted Holbrook next to the city’s farmer’s market and detained him. Holbrook had a backpack that contained several stolen items, including those from the Saturday burglary, according to police. Holbrook was arrested for vehicle burglary, theft, and a parole violation, police said. Investigators are also looking into the possibility that Holbrook is responsible for other vehicle burglaries in the downtown area. Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department’s investigations section at (831) 420-5820.
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