Police: Car Burglary Suspects Caught at Mall Linked to Hundreds of Break-ins
Police said two young men broke into more than 500 vehicles throughout the city last year. But that all came to a stop, once when they got to Arden Fair Mall.
“You’ll see a dark car come driving through. He backs into the empty spot,” said Steve Reed, head of security at the mall, as he looked at surveillance video of the suspects.
Police said Javier Garcia and Dominic Eales were inside a black car before breaking into several vehicles at the Mall last Thursday.
The video shows the driver say inside the car, while his partner jumps out of the backseat.
“Basically, he punches in the lock,” Reed said. “Opens up the trunk , while the driver pulls forward and starts unloading the trunk.”
Reed said the pair hit several more cars within an hour.
“They were just out on a shopping spree, basically, which criminals do. They come through and they do window shopping,” Reed said. “And they’ll hit four or five cars and then fence materials that they took.”
Sharply trained security and a million-dollar security system in place helped catch them.
Once victims reported the break-ins, security scoured surveillance recordings and caught the suspects at work.
“There’s several hundred people that have been victimized throughout the city. They came here and first time they decided to try something. Now they’re victimized,” Reed added.