SAN LEANDRO (BCN) San Leandro police announced today that three arrests were made for residential burglaries this week and are highlighting the importance of surveillance video systems given their role in the arrests.
The first incident was a reported theft of jewelry and electronics from a home in the 300 block of Farrelly Drive in San Leandro on Tuesday, according to police.
The residents’ surveillance footage aided investigating officers in later identifying the suspect as Vashon Ruth, 25, of Oakland, according to police.
At 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, detectives located Ruth in the 1200 block of 81st Avenue in Oakland. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and violating his parole.
He is being transferred to Santa Rita Jail and is expected to appear in court on Friday.
Earlier that day, shortly before 9 a.m., officers responded to another burglary in the 900 block of Dillo Street where a suspect broke into a home, police said.
Responding officers spotted a Chevy Monte Carlo leaving the scene but it wasn’t confirmed until a later review of surveillance footage that the vehicle was involved in the burglary, police said.
During a search of the area, officers also spotted 19-year-old Lonnie Freeman moving away from the area, police said. He was detained as police investigated the incident.
Police concluded these incidents were connected.Freeman was identified as the suspect responsible, police said, based on surveillance videos examined from all of the homes. He was arrested
on suspicion of burglary.
Those videos also helped identify 22-year-old Curtis Martin as the driver of the Chevy, police said. He was later arrested and allegedly found in possession of an item stolen from the Dillo Street home.
The Chevy was also determined to be an unreported stolen vehicle from Salinas, police said.
Martin and Freeman, both Oakland residents, are scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
“Our personnel do a great job, but I have to credit the surveillance videos from these cases as a turning point that resulted in the quick arrests and recovery of stolen property,” Lt. Robert McManus said in a statement.