San Jose Police investigators have arrested three suspects believed to be connected to at least 30 residential burglaries in San Jose, most of which occurred in the Willow Glen and Santa Teresa areas. The break-ins took place from approximately early January through May of 2010. During that time, witnesses provided police with descriptions of suspects and one vehicle, described as a silver older American-made four-door sedan.
A break in the case occurred on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at approximately 1120 hours, when a caller to the San Jose Police Department reported that several individuals appeared to be trying to burglarize homes near Lincoln Ave. and Broadway Ave. in the Willow Glen area. When officers arrived, they determined that the suspects had left the scene. Officers immediately obtained and broadcast over the police radio a description of the suspects and their vehicle, which matched the descriptions provided by earlier witnesses. Over the next several minutes, officers observed the vehicle in motion on two separate occasions but could not get close enough to safely make an enforcement stop due to traffic conditions on and around Lincoln Ave. They were, however, able to determine that there were three occupants inside the vehicle.
At approximately 1129 hours, an officer saw the suspect vehicle parked and unoccupied in front of a residence in the 900 block of Northrup St. in San Jose, which is about 2 blocks from the location of the original burglary-in-progress call. Officers made contact at the residence and a female adult, later identified as 20-year-old Shalita Bolden, answered the door. Following an investigation, officers were able to associate Bolden with the suspect vehicle, and upon searching the vehicle, officers located stolen property inside. During a search of Bolden’s residence, investigators recovered additional stolen items.
Suspect Shalita Bolden was arrested for PC 496, buying or receiving stolen property, and was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail. Detectives later determined that Albert Charles Bolden, the brother of Shalita Bolden, had also been an occupant of the vehicle at the time it was observed by officers. Investigators immediately began searching for Albert Bolden and conducting surveillance on multiple locations that he had been known to frequent. Meanwhile, another residential burglary occurred in the Edenvale area of San Jose on Monday, May 24th. Numerous firearms were taken from the residence. Evidence collected at the scene linked suspect Albert Bolden to the break-in. The next day, a resident of Amby Dr. in San Jose called police to report two males climbing over her neighbor’s fence. Patrol officers quickly arrived on the scene and took the pair into custody. One of those captured was Albert Bolden. The second suspect was 22-year-old Lamarcus White. Detectives believe these suspects and possibly others–either working together or alone–may be linked to more than 30 residential burglaries in San Jose. Subsequent investigation led to the recovery of all the firearms taken during the May 24th burglary. The three suspects were arrested and charged with the following crimes:
Shalita Bolden: Four counts of buying or receiving stolen property.
Albert Bolden: Ten counts of burglary, one count possession of a controlled substance, and one count of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Lamarcus White: Two counts of burglary.
Investigators say the assistance of residents was invaluable and helped lead to the capture of the suspects. Neighbors not only recognized and immediately reported suspicious activity in their neighborhood but also provided police with accurate suspect and vehicle descriptions.
It is important to note that these burglaries occurred at unoccupied homes during the daylight hours and most were categorized as “open or unlocked.” That is, the burglar simply walked or climbed through a door or window left open or unlocked by the resident. Burglars are opportunists who search for an easy target, and many break-ins can be prevented simply by closing and locking all doors and windows before leaving home, even during the warm summer months. In addition, getting to know your neighbors and organizing a Neighborhood Watch program is an excellent way to prevent crime in your neighborhood. For more information about Neighborhood Watch, contact the San Jose Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (408) 277-4133.