A suspected burglar was arrested after a San Ramon woman used an app to track her stolen phone and located the suspect as he was heading to her house, police said today.
Police said the woman returned to her parked car near a walking trail in West Contra Costa County on Sunday afternoon to find that her purse, cellphone, wallet and information identifying her home in San Ramon had been stolen.
While the victim was making a report with the county sheriff’s office, she was able to pinpoint her phone’s location using a “Find My Phone” app, according to police.
Seeing that whoever had the phone was heading toward her home in San Ramon, the woman quickly called family members to watch the house.
Police said one of the victim’s relatives saw a man drive by the house and scan for various addresses before parking his car around the corner.
San Ramon police officers arrived on the scene and made contact with the suspect, who at first was uncooperative, according to police.
Police said officers searched the car and found the victim’s property, including her house keys.
The man, identified as 34-year-old Dustin Freiburger of Martinez, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and possession of paraphernalia and forgery. He was taken to county jail, according to police.
The following day, police arrested three more suspects in connection with at least one car burglary near the 17000 block of San Ramon Valley Boulevard after a string of auto burglaries in the area.
The three suspects were identified as 26-year-old Andrew Peacock and 28-year-old Antoin Jackson, both of Oakland, and Lavante Anderson, 23, of Union City.
Police said property crimes are on the rise statewide and that burglars are targeting vehicles with personal items left inside.
San Ramon police are reminding residents to lower their chances of becoming burglary victims by removing all valuable items from their vehicles and locking the doors.