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Car Burglaries Becoming Huge Problem This Year

Matt Bigler
March 07, 2019 - 12:26 pm

FREMONT — Broken glass from car windows is becoming too common in the East Bay, which has been plagued by smash-and-grab auto burglaries. 

Several cities have reported a spike in vehicle break-ins, including Fremont, which saw 26 on Monday.

The city has already seen more than 300 incidents in 2019, "which is significantly higher than where we were last year," said Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques. 

Investigators believe that criminal crews are at work, Bosques said. 

"Suspects quickly drive into a commercial center. They usually park in backwards," said Bosques. "They look inside the windows and if there's a bag or something that appears to contain a laptop they quickly smash the window, take the item and take off."

It's also happening in Milpitas which has seen 145 vehicle burglaries this year.

San Leandro where resident Michelle Parise's neighborhood was also targeted this week. She said two neighbors' cars were raided by thieves. 

The message from police is to leave nothing in your car, not even in the trunk.