Teens arrested for vehicle and property theft

January 28, 2010 1:12:33 PM PST
Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of stealing property from approximately 50 unlocked vehicles in several areas of Marin County, a Marin County sheriff's sergeant said today.

A 16-year-old San Rafael boy was arrested Tuesday at an apartment complex in the 800 block of Las Gallinas Avenue in San Rafael after a chase that resulted in minor injuries to two detectives, sheriff's Sgt. Debra Barry said.

Novato police arrested a 17-year-old boy in Novato. Both teens were booked into juvenile hall Tuesday night, Barry said.

Authorities are seeking three other suspects in the crime spree, Barry said.

The thefts occurred over the past four weeks in Santa Venetia, Lucas Valley, Marinwood and Novato, Barry said.

The teens in custody told investigators they swept through residential neighborhoods at night, trying the door handles of all the cars they came across, Barry said.

The teens targeted unlocked vehicles and stole cars with keys left inside. The vehicles, some containing stolen property, were recovered in Novato, Barry said.

Detectives are trying to identify the owners of the recovered stolen property, which includes iPods, cell phones, cameras, binoculars and laptop computers, Barry said.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call detectives at (415) 499-7265 or (800) 222-TIPS.