Four teenagers were arrested in Palo Alto early Monday morning on suspicion of burglarizing cars at an apartment complex, police Agent Max Nielepko said. At about 3 a.m. Monday, a resident of the Oak Creek Apartments at 1600 Sand Hill Road reported to police that she had heard glass shattering and witnessed people running from a parked car. She told police she then saw a car speeding away from the apartments, Nielepko said. Officers responded and pulled over a car nearby that matched the resident’s description. There were four male teens in the car, which also contained several GPS navigation units, Nielepko said. Police discovered that five cars that had been broken into and burglarized in the parking lot of the apartment complex. The four suspects were taken into custody. Two, a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy from Redwood City, were cited and released to their parents. The other two, an 18-year-old San Jose man and a 19-year-old Menlo Park man, were booked into the San Jose Main Jail on burglary and possession of stolen property charges, Nielepko said. Nielepko urged residents to “not leave anything valuable in plain sight because it only takes seconds for a crook to break into your car,” he said. “If you must leave a valuable in the car, put it somewhere out of sight such as in the trunk.”
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