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Brother, sister suspected in 30 home burglaries

June 12, 2010 2:35:51 PM PDT
Police in San Jose believe that two siblings and a third suspect were responsible for committing as many as 30 residential burglaries in the city since January.

Witnesses to the break-ins, which primarily targeted unoccupied homes in the Willow Glen and Santa Teresa neighborhoods from early January through May, provided investigators with consistent descriptions of three suspects and one vehicle, a silver older-model American four-door sedan, according to San Jose police.

When police responded to a call reporting a burglary in progress near Lincoln and Broadway avenues May 4, three suspects inside a silver sedan were seen driving through the area.

Officers tracked the car and found it parked in front of a home in the 900 block of Northrup Street, where 20-year-old Shalita Bolden was contacted at around 11:30 a.m. Stolen property was allegedly recovered during a search of the vehicle and home, according to police, and Bolden was arrested for buying or receiving stolen property.

Investigators eventually identified her brother, 19-year-old Charles Bolden, as another suspect. He and 22-year-old Lamarcus White were arrested May 25 after they were allegedly seen climbing over a fence at a home on Amby Drive. Police responded to the call and took the two men into custody.

Investigators collected evidence that linked the two men as many as 30 burglaries, including a May 24 break-in when several firearms were stolen from a residence. The guns were recovered by police after the suspects were arrested.

Shalita Bolten has been charged with four counts of buying or receiving stolen property. Her brother Charles was charged with 10 counts of burglary, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of marijuana possession.

White has so far been charged with two counts of burglary.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact San Jose police Detective Frank Banuelos at (408) 277-4401.


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