2 Women Arrested In Series Of Bay Area Car Burglaries, Thefts

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) – A vehicle reported missing from Oregon last month was found Tuesday by Santa Rosa police, who arrested two women allegedly linked to the vehicle and in possession of stolen property.

Police found the stolen 2007 Honda CRV parked in the 2400 block of Mendocino Avenue at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, and police said that, upon investigation, the vehicle was connected to a room at the Gold Coin Motel.

Two women connected to the room—Jo Lynn Rodriguez, 28, a Santa Rosa transient, and Stephanie Ibarra, 26, of Richmond—were arrested after police contacted them and allegedly found them in possession of stolen property, police said.

Detectives determined that the property was linked to at least eight vehicle burglaries and several auto thefts throughout San Mateo, Santa Rosa and Marin County, police said.

Rodriguez and Ibarra were arrested on eight counts of possessing stolen property, police said, and were being held on $200,000 bail each.

Police said Ibarra was also suspected of commercial burglary involving the use of a stolen credit card at a local Santa Rosa business.

The vehicle was reported stolen on Feb. 19, 2011, from Medford, Ore.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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