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Vincent Joiner and Pedro Mendoza arrested for alleged burglaries in San Mateo

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San Mateo police on Tuesday announced the arrests of two suspects in connection with a number of recent burglaries in the city. In the most recent case, a 48-year-old man was arrested while allegedly committing a residential burglary early Saturday morning, San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris said. Residents in the 300 block of West Bellevue Avenue called police just after 5 a.m. to report that an unknown person was inside their garage, according to Norris.

Responding officers spotted the suspect, later identified as Vincent Joiner of San Mateo, fleeing the scene in a black ski mask, Norris said. Officers pursued Joiner on foot as he jumped fences in an attempt to escape, but Joiner was arrested in a yard a few houses away. Evidence at the scene reportedly linked Joiner to the garage where the crime had occurred. Joiner was booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of burglary of an inhabited dwelling, possession of stolen property, and resisting/obstructing officers.

In the other case, police last week arrested 18-year-old Pedro Mendoza of Menlo Park in connection with three burglaries in San Mateo. Belmont police made a traffic stop on Mendoza on Thursday, and arrested him on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and other charges, according to Norris.

Property in Mendoza’s possession allegedly linked him to San Mateo crimes, and after officers searched Mendoza’s vehicle and residence they linked him to burglaries in the Parkside area of San Mateo. Mendoza was additionally booked into jail on suspicion of three counts of residential burglary.

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