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2 Arrested for Burglarizing Vehicle in San Mateo

San Mateo police arrested two people Sunday morning after one of them was seen breaking into a vehicle at a shopping center, police said.

At 12:15 a.m., officers were patrolling the Marina Plaza Shopping Center at 2920 Norfolk St. due to increased car burglaries in the area when they heard a car alarm. Officers reportedly saw 30-year-old Peter Martinez of Oakland reaching into a vehicle through a broken window and removing property.

He then got into a white minivan driven by 22-year-old Oakland resident Mayra Ruvalcaba and drove away, police said. When officers pulled the minivan over, Martinez allegedly jumped out and fled on foot with the stolen property. Officers pursued him and eventually found him hiding in a bush nearby, police said.

Martinez was arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, possessing burglary tools and evading police. Police also arrested Ruvalcaba on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy and evading police. She and Martinez were taken to San Mateo County Jail, police said.

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