SAN MATEO — An alert citizen's tip led to the speedy arrest Friday of a San Francisco man who allegedly burglarized at least ten cars in San Mateo, according to police.
Police said officers were called around 6 a.m. to the area of 36th Avenue and Michael Drive after a community member reported a suspicious person rummaging through garbage cans.
Officers arriving on the scenes located a man who matched the suspicious person's description and questioned him.
During their investigation, officers found the man to be in possession of several items clearly belonging to nearby residents, according to police.
Police said the property was later determined to have been stolen from 10 unlocked vehicles in a neighborhood near the San Mateo County Medical Center.
The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Clinton Skelley, was also in possession of a "window punch" tool commonly used in vehicle burglaries as well as drugs packaged for sale and suspected proceeds from drug sales. Skelley was arrested on suspicion of theft and drug offenses and taken to county jail.
Police say the incident serves not only as a reminder to citizens to report suspicious activity but also to secure their vehicles to prevent thefts.
The public is reminded to always lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight.