HAYWARD (CBS SF) — Two women are in custody accused of stealing more than two dozen cars in Hayward.
33-year-old Erin Ellis and 25-year-old Jessica Adkins were arrested last week in connection with the thefts.
Police were alerted about the pair from witnesses who saw suspicious activity in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box on Mission Boulevard in Hayward. An officer reportedly saw the suspects taking property out of one stolen vehicle and putting it into another.
“Jumped in one of the vehicles and fled, leaving behind one of the other stolen vehicles,” Sgt. Tasha DeCosta of the Hayward Police Department told KPIX 5.
The next day, at the same Jack in the Box, police said that the pair were observed moving items from one stolen vehicle to another. “It’s unusual that we would find them in the same place, doing the same thing day after day,” DeCosta said.
Officers traced the license plates to a home in Hayward where the two women were arrested.
Police say Adkins was so combative they had to put her in restraints during her arrest.
“It was a whole drama. We thought it was a movie,” said Anu Peshawria, a neighbor.