Anthony Dicorti, 26, was taken into custody in the early morning hours of Dec. 6 after a resident in the 2600 block of Meadowlark Drive called police to say he was watching a man on a bicycle looking into his car, police said.
The caller told police he saw the man trying to open the doors of his car, which was parked in his driveway. Police were on the scene within 30 seconds, and approached Dicorti, who was then stopped in front of another home.
Dicorti told police he was "out for a ride because he couldn't sleep." However, the resident who called police, at 2:22 a.m., was able to provide recorded video of Dicorti looking into vehicles. He was found to be in possession of five gift cards and when officers contacted those at the second house, they told police their vehicle had been broken into and that several gift cards were missing.
The residents gave officers a description of the cards, which matched those in Dicorti's pocket, police said.
Dicorti was arrested on charges of prowling and possession of stolen property. He has a lengthy record for burglary, theft, drugs and assault, police said.
Police say it's important to recognize that this thief was captured not only because of a fast and effective police response but also in large part due to an alert resident that alerted officers to suspicious activity in his neighborhood.
Among recent auto burglaries was the theft of a new $2,500 bridal ring set in its box stolen Dec. 1 from a vehicle parked in the Safeway Corporate parking lot, a police report said. The theft took place between 12:50 p.m. and 3:10 p.m.; a lock punch was used to gain access.
Around the same time, a $750 car stereo, $500 speaker and $150 amplifier were stolen nearby. That theft took place between 2:30 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. in the Stoneridge Mall parking lot; a window was broken to gain entry.
Items valued at more than $1,000 were stolen in an auto burglary on Andrews Avenue between 10 p.m. Dec. 1 and 9 a.m. Dec. 2. Taken were a $400 woman's coat, $325 gold watch, $300 men's sunglasses, $250 prescription glasses, woman's Gucci sunglasses and $25 in cash.
A $600 Apple iPhone was stolen Nov. 30 from a vehicle in the parking lot at ClubSport. Also taken was a $200 purse, $200 makeup in an Ed Hardy bag, $100 cash and a $50 gift card.
Police remind residents to remove all valuables from their vehicles, to lock all doors and close windows. Additional crime prevention tips are available from the Crime Prevention Unit at 931-5233.