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Richmond Burglary Suspect Arrested with Cooperation of Community and Law Enforcement

Three Home Burglaries
San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputies Investigating Three Home Burglaries

A person suspected of several burglaries was arrested by Richmond officers in an example of successful cooperation between law enforcement and the community, police said.

A Point Richmond homeowner surprised a suspect who was robbing the house Jan. 5, according to police. The homeowner fled to a neighbor’s house and called 911. “The resident and neighbor were great witnesses and communicated to dispatchers the suspect’s description and actions,” said Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan. The witnesses reported that the suspect was getting into a silver SUV near the residence.

Using the information from the witnesses, officers detained the suspect in the SUV, Tan said. Not only was the SUV an allegedly stolen vehicle, it was full of suspected stolen property, according to Tan.

As the investigation progressed, detectives determined that the suspect was allegedly responsible for four other burglaries related to the items found in the stolen car, Tan said. “The incident showcases the importance of community partnership and the importance of being actively involved in crime prevention and reduction,” Tan said.

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