An East Palo Alto man suspected of committing numerous auto and home burglaries was arrested in San Mateo on Sunday afternoon during a predictive policing operation, police said. The San Mateo Police Department and neighboring law enforcement agencies conducted a targeted operation in which officers focused on areas with high potential for criminal activity based on past trends.
Police successfully identified and arrested 25-year-old Kevin Kipler in connection with numerous thefts. Just after 1 p.m. on Sunday, the San Mateo Police Department’s Crime Reduction Unit watched Kipler behave suspiciously, driving around to different areas, exiting his car and then peering in the windows of several parked vehicles. Kipler went to Seal Point Park off of J. Hart Clinton Drive, an area where a number of auto burglaries have occurred recently, police said.
Officers conducted an enforcement stop on Kipler and found items during a search of his vehicle that connect him to several recent thefts, according to police. Police said Kipler was also linked to a residential burglary in San Mateo and to the fraudulent use of an access card related to one of the thefts.
A follow-up search of Kipler’s home in East Palo Alto identified property taken in more than a dozen auto burglaries across the Bay Area. Kipler was booked into San Mateo County Jail. Investigators said Kipler and other thieves tend to look for cars with items of value in plain view, and urge residents not to keep valuables in their vehicles unattended.
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