Police BulletinPolice nab thieves in separate incidents
Four people were arrested this week on auto burglary charges after reports from a home and the Stoneridge Shopping Center, police reports said.
Three people were arrested Dec. 12 after a resident in the 5200 block of Pleasant Hill Road called police to report a suspicious person looking in car windows at around 4:30 a.m. Police discovered three people in a car nearby, according to a report, which said credit cards and IDs fell out of the car when the driver got out.
Michael Joseph Jeske, 41, and Robert Lee Cargia, 40, both of Gilroy, were charged with five counts each of possession of stolen property, as was Mary Margaret Morgan, 38, of Salinas. Garcia was also arrested on a charge of possessing lock-picking tools, and Jeske was arrested on a charge of possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance.
Ruben Cruz Ochoa, 29, of Richmond was arrested at Stoneridge Shopping Center on Dec. 11 after both a wary shopper and mall security reported a suspicious person driving slowly through multiple lanes of parked cars. Police received the first call at about 1:49 p.m. and witnesses identified Ochoa as the person they'd seen.
A search of Ochoa's car turned up screwdrivers, car stereo wires, wire cutters, cell phones and two apple iPods. A separate auto burglary of a stereo was linked to the thefts.
In other police reports:
A nine-foot-tall menorah was stolen in a burglary at Congregation Beth Emek in 3400 block of Nevada Court. The menorah, valued at $3,000, was last seen in a storage building Oct. 9. It was reported stolen at 11:16 a.m. Dec. 9; a door may have been left unlocked.
A residential burglary in the 3400 block of Cornerstone Court netted a $1,000 Gateway laptop and a $1,000 central processing unit. The burglary, which occurred between 5:15 p.m. Dec. 5 and 8:05 a.m. Dec. 6, also yielded $230 cash and keys.
Marquise Deshean Ceasar-Smith, 23, faces a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon after a report from a woman at Stoneridge Mall. Police detected the odor of marijuana from Ceasar-Smith's car during a subsequent stop and a search led to the weapons charge.