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Paul Schonhardt and Angela Rutledge arrested for alleged arson to three cars at Pedro’s Auto Clinic in Mountain View

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Mountain View police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with three cars set ablaze behind an auto repair shop last month, according to police. Police announced on Thursday that suspects Paul Schonhardt, 28 of Los Altos, and Angela Rutledge, 28, of San Jose, were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of arson and possession of methamphetamine and controlled substances.

The two are suspected of setting fire to three cars at Pedro’s Auto Clinic in Mountain View in the early hours of Jan. 13, police said. At about 3:28 a.m. that day, the Mountain View Fire Department was dispatched to the rear of the auto shop at 1080 Terra Bella Ave., where they discovered three cars fully engulfed in flames, firefighters said.

The fires in the unoccupied cars were doused quickly and no one was injured, according to firefighters. The police and fire departments worked together on an investigation that resulted in the arrests of Schonhardt and Rutledge, police said.

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