A San Francisco man who drove a stolen car to his April court appearance in South San Francisco for a previous auto theft arrest has pleaded no contest to the charges, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Thieves are dispensing with the usual smash-and-grab technique and using a high-tech means to break into cars to steal items inside.
An East Bay police chief says he believes there is a connection between California’s prison realignment policy and an increase in crime in his city.
Officers arrested 11 suspects and seized numerous firearms in Oakland earlier this month, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Police recovered stolen cars and arrested nearly a dozen people during a bust of a suspected auto theft ring in East Oakland on Wednesday.
Fremont auto dealerships have increased their internal security as police investigate the theft of several cars from their service departments last weekend.
Auto theft increased significantly in California and other property crimes also rose after the state began an initiative resulting in more inmates being released early.
A man was arrested Monday on suspicion of auto theft after barricading himself inside a motel room in Fremont for more than three hours, police said.
A 19-year-old man was ordered to stand trial Thursday on five charges connected to ramming a stolen car into law enforcement vehicles in East Palo Alto and then fleeing, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
A former deliveryman for a South San Francisco seafood company is facing two-and-a-half years in prison for exchanging a load of fish for crack cocaine and abandoning his employer’s truck.