2 arrested in connection to 40 Sunnyvale vehicle break-ins

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (KGO) -- Two men have been arrested in connection to a rash of car break-ins in Sunnyvale Tuesday night, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety confirmed.

Ismael Murillo-Rodriguez. a 28-year old Oakland resident and Brayan Burgos-Vargas. a 25-year old Oakland resident, were booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.

The DPS estimates around 40 cars were broken into all across the city, with no clear indication of where the car burglaries started.


Rockefeller Road was a hot spot for the smash and grabs with at least eleven cars broken into leaving busted glass and shattered windows behind.

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All of the cars had their passenger windows smashed, and in many cases, the center consoles were opened and glove boxes were visibly rummaged through.



The Department of Public Safety confirms several stolen electronics help lead police to the suspects.

Murillo-Rodriguez and Burgos-Vargas were arrested in a car in Oakland where the GPS location of the stolen items brought police to.
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Police are currently investigating whether the two men arrested for the incidents Sunnyvale are possible behind a greater wave of vehicle break-ins being reported all across the Bay Area.

One victim ABC7 News spoke to said he was warned about car break-ins when he moved into an apartment complex on Rockefeller Road and is now upset that it has happened to him.

Police are now working to identify the stolen items and return them to the rightful owners.

During the holidays, Sunnyvale PD released the following tips to protect yourself from being a victim of car break-ins:

  • Watch Where You Park
  • Lock It Up
  • Remove Your stuff
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