RICHMOND (KPIX 5) — A slew of seemingly-organized car break-ins has been happening for months at a Bay Area mall, according to Richmond police.
KPIX 5 obtained newly released surveillance video of some of the break-ins at the Pacific East Mall.READ MORE: French Bulldog Stolen at Gunpoint During Castro Valley Armed Robbery
Police said that they’ve noticed that a lot of the victims are tourists, people that leave bags, suitcases, and valuables in plain sight.
In the video, a man can be seen getting out of his car, looking inside another vehicle, quickly punching in the window and stealing something. These break-ins happen fast, investigators said.
“For example, you have laptop computers, you have gym bags. You also have a lot of suitcases. That’s when the suspects break into the cars. It only takes a couple of seconds to break into the car, grab the stuff and escape,” explained Lt. Felix Tan of the Richmond Police Department.READ MORE: Bay Area Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday Celebrations
Investigators have caught a few suspects already in this investigation.
In one recent theft, the suspects stole $150,000 worth of jewelry. Officers issued a warrant for the arrest of Jalon Walker of Vallejo. They’re also looking for Brooklyn Ogletree of Vallejo.MORE NEWS: Bay Area Health Experts Look Past Omicron, Envision Post-Pandemic COVID World
One thing you can to do protect yourself is to keep bags and electronics with you, or at least tucked out of sight.