San Mateo Police Arrest Auto Burglary Suspects

Officers arrived quickly thanks to a witness who reported the crime in progress.

The San Mateo Police Department arrested three men on suspicion of burglary early Sunday morning after a witness reported seeing the crime in progress, authorities announced Tuesday.

The witness reported a possible auto burglary in progress in the 500 block of Monte Diable Avenue at about 1 a.m. Sunday, San Mateo Police Sgt. Dave Norris said.

Officers responded and found three suspects in a nearby vehicle, who were identified and subsequently arrested on suspicion of auto burglary, Norris said.

A search of the suspects' vehicle allegedly resulted in numerous items suspected to be the spoils of several auto burglaries.

Investigative follow-up will be conducted to match the seized property to other crimes, Norris said. 

The suspects -- 22-jnmyear-old Martin Gallardo of San Francisco, 18-year-old Sergio Gallardo of San Francisco, and 22-year-old Jesus Renteria of South San Francisco -- were booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and conspiracy.

Anyone with information on this case or ongoing crime trends is encouraged to contact the San Mateo Police Department: 

  • SMPD Non-Emergency: 650-522-7700
  • SMPD Investigations Bureau: 650-522-7650 
  • SMPD Secret Witness hotline: 650-522-7676
  • Anonymous Text to SMPD: 650-262-3473

The Police Department also offers the following safety tips:

Be Prepared:

  • LOCK YOUR VEHICLES! Most thefts of this type occur because vehicles have been left unsecured in an accessible area overnight.
  • Record serial numbers or engrave a personal identification number on valuable items such as portable or removable electronics.  
  • Remove from your vehicle or hide from view any removable or portable items of value such as car stereos, GPS Units, iPods, etc.

Be Alert:

  • Do not be afraid to call the police when you see something suspicious. Alert neighbors are responsible for the majority of arrests made in residential burglaries (like this one!).


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