A string of residential burglaries across three cities may be related after similar suspects and a luxury car were spotted near the crimes, according to police.
On Tuesday, three homes were broken into in Hillsborough and a Belmont homeowner interrupted an attempted burglary. Last week, a San Carlos home was burglarized and descriptions of possible suspects and a silver Audi seen in the neighborhoods of all the burglaries lead police to believe a group of men are on a crime spree.
“It’s more common for people engaging in this type of activity, and with the frequency of the burglaries we’ve had over the last week, it’s more common than not it would be the work of several individuals working together,” said Hillsborough police Capt. Doug Davis.
Of the three homes that were burglarized in Hillsborough on Tuesday, it appears two may be related, Davis said.
A home near Marlborough and Avondale roads was burglarized sometime between 3:10 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. A second home on the 2700 block of Churchill Drive was broken into through a smashed bedroom window sometime between 3:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., according to police.
A third home near Calaveras Court and Lakeview Drive was broken into between 12:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. after burglars smashed a second floor window.
Jewelry, iPads, laptops, credit cards and IDs were stolen between the three robberies. At least one of the homes was substantially burglarized and even children’s bedrooms were ransacked, Davis said.
After reaching out to the public via Facebook and Twitter, a resident called in and gave a description of a silver Audi occupied by several young black men in the neighborhood of the burglaries, Davis said.
A vehicle matching this description has also been spotted near crimes in Belmont and San Carlos, Davis said.
A Belmont resident interrupted an attempted burglary when two men wearing hooded sweatshirts tried to break in to a home on the 1300 block of Sixth Avenue around 1:35 p.m. Tuesday. The men knocked on the front door and, when the resident didn’t answer, went to the back door and began jiggling the handle, according to police. The resident apparently startled the men who fled but it appears they may have been casing other homes to burglarize, according to police.
The suspects are described as thin black men in their 20s wearing backpacks. One was wearing a green sweatshirt and the other a purple sweatshirt, according to police.
A silver Audi and suspects matching a similar description were seen near a home on the 200 block of Sycamore Street in San Carlos that was burglarized last week, according to police.
The home was broken into through an unlocked bathroom window and the house was ransacked. When the resident came home, they saw a silver Audi flee at a high rate of speed, according to police.
Residents are reminded to lock all windows and doors, activate any home alarms and to call police immediately if they suspect any suspicious activity.
Police are asking for anyone with surveillance video in the area of any of the burglaries to come forward.
Anyone with information can contact Hillsborough police at (650) 375-7470 or Belmont police at (650) 595-7400.
(650) 344-5200 ext. 106