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Suspect Arrested in Recent El Cerrito Burglaries

El Cerrito police announced today, Friday, that they arrested a Richmond woman in connection with the recent spate of home burglaries in El Cerrito.

El Cerrito police have arrested a Richmond resident, Simone Aguilar, in connection with the in the city, according to a police news release issued today, Friday.

A police follow-up investigation of the crimes resulted in Aguilar being identified as a suspect in one of the burglaries, police said. She was arrested without incident at her residence at 7 a.m. Thursday and taken to the county jail in Martinez pending the filing of charges by Contra Costa County District Attorney's office, according to police.

"During a search of her residence, officers located property from several victims in the El Cerrito burglaries along with property from an unreported theft out of Sonoma," the police release said.

Earlier this month, police called a community meeting in the face of public alarm over a rash of home burglaries, chiefly in the north hills section of the city during the daytime. At least six occurred on one day, Oct. 3.

An overlfow crowd of between 200 and 300 attended the at the Arlington Park Clubhouse. Dozens stood outside to listen and watch through the windows.

Police urge residents to report any suspicious activity, including strangers knocking on doors, to the police department at 510-237-3233. Crimes in progress should be reported at 911.

andy cho October 22, 2011 at 08:17 AM
Watch out for door to door home alarm sales persons preying on the scared public. They are trying to give away free alarms for a three year $40 a month monitoring system.
Denise Sangster October 24, 2011 at 04:14 AM
Lt. Steve Bonini indicated at the "Police-Community" meeting early this month that door-to-door solicitation requires a business permit. He requested that all residents call the police so that police can ensure they have a permit and that they are legitimate...
Walter October 24, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Yep..twice within a month got approached twice for alarm service. Nothing new though...they come around every year!

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