San Mateo police today arrested two men in Oakland in the three burglaries of two car dealerships on El Camino Real in San Mateo where four vehicles were stolen in the last month, police said.
Officers served a search warrant on Wallace Street in Oakland where they located evidence tying the residents, Marquis Banks, 19, and Moufassa Haulcy, 18, to the three burglaries, police Sgt. Richard Decker said.
Banks and Haulcy were arrested on suspicion of auto thefts at Brand Motors at 4001 S. El Camino Real, where two vehicles were stolen in the early morning hours on Aug. 17, and burglaries at Trax Auto at 4301 S. El Camino Real on Aug. 22 and 23, Decker said.
On Aug. 22 at Trax Auto, the suspects broke in and stole more than 40 sets of car keys overnight and returned early the next morning to drive away in two vehicles, according to police.
San Mateo police are also working with police in Belmont, where in a similar case thieves stole a number of vehicles and a quantity of keys from a dealership early Sunday morning.
In the Belmont burglary, an unknown number of suspects scaled a fence at the Autobahn Motors at 700 Island Parkway, grabbed multiple keys and used them to steal at least nine vehicles, one of which was recovered in the East Bay, according to Belmont police.
Both the San Mateo and Belmont burglaries appear similar to one in San Jose well before dawn on Friday, when a group of six to eight suspects broke into the Formula 1 Motors at 3896 Stevens Creek Blvd., stole more than 40 keys and used them to drive away in five high-end vehicles, according to general sales manager Farzan Vassigh.
San Jose police are investigating the burglary and car thefts at Formula 1, police Officer Albert Morales said.
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