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K9 Unit Tracks Suspect in 25 Car Thefts on San Carlos Way

Suspect was tracked to Miwok Park and arrested on suspicion of a rash of thefts from unlocked cars early this morning. Police are still looking for a second suspect.

A 17-year-old male Novato resident was arrested on suspicion of thefts from approximately 25 vehicles early this morning on San Carlos Way, according to a news release from Novato police.

At around 2 a.m., Novato Police Department patrol officers responded to the area on the report of two suspects who were entering unlocked vehicles. The reporting party chased the suspects and they dropped property on the ground as they fled, police said.

A K9 unit----tracked one of the suspects to Miwok Park, where he was taken into custody.

Metz, a Belgian malinois, arrived last year at Novato PD and began training with his handler, Officer Ames, in August.

A canvas of the area was conducted and officers located approximately 25 vehicles that appeared to have been entered by the suspects, police said. The owners of the vehicles were contacted and the loss is still being determined at this time.

Police said they are looking for a second suspect described as a Hispanic male adult, 5'6", thin build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and carrying a black backpack.

If you have any information about these thefts or the identity of the suspect, please contact the .

The Novato Police Department urges citizens to keep their vehicles locked and remove all valuables. 

Tina McMillan March 09, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Thank you Officer Ames and Metz!
Jennifer Wu March 09, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I am curious if these are the same individuals that hit my street Sunday night. Several of my neighbors as well as my own car were hit. We filed a police report but do not expect our property to be returned.
diane March 09, 2012 at 06:34 PM
This is so terrible! Things didn't use to be this way. In the 40 years that I've lived in Marin, we've had other Economic turn downs, and still never was the crime as terrible as it has been in more recent years.
Angela P. March 09, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Marin residents need to get with it and realize crime doesn't discriminate. Leaving your cars unlocked with valuables inside is as senseless as leaving your doors unlocked.
Christine March 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
People, I'm afraid It's only going to get worse. Take a look at the thugs walking around Novato. You never use to see this 6-7 yrs ago. Our city manager and council members are failing us! We must take a stand against ABAG and also give SUNN a swift kick where the SUNN doesn't
Mark Burnham March 09, 2012 at 07:55 PM
christine it WILL only get worse. however, the blame should be also be laid at the feet of parents, uncles, aunts, grand parents, neighbors, and every citizen who have been too concerned with these kid's freedoms, making 'em happy and afraid to take a firm stand against the small transgressions that occur every day. we can't blame this soley on the police and the government for parents allowing kids to emulate "thug" behavior/dress. 15-20 yrs ago the "disrespect" (i hate that word) shown by these punks today would have been addressed by an adult (uncle, cop, father, older brother, neighbor, or even a guy on the street) with a swift back hand ...and parent's would have been fine with it. today? its a different and a sad story.
Happy Novato Resident March 10, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I think we should realize that we have a great police department. A crime was reported and an arrest was made. I have lived in Novato for over 25 years and have stayed because it is safe. Crime is everywhere and when law enforcement does their job we should be happy and thankful for their services. If you think we need more police then someone should campaign to get them a raise.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr March 10, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I agree with Christine. Crime is getting worse and the council and chief are feeding us ****.
Bob March 10, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Parents or caregivers that allow their teenage kids out on the street at 2AM should consider that there is not much going on at that time of the morning except monkey business.
Craig Belfor March 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Mark's right, but don't count on the parents to teach their kids. Parents just feed them today, and leave the rest up to society. Meanwhile, while pops is burning his house's equity to buy a bigger SUV than his neighbor, and mom wants Pergo, granite, and stainless steel in the kitchen, junior's college fund comes in last on the list, right after the plasma TV in the bathroom. Wanna wake em up? Make the age of responsibility 30. Now they're responsible for their lack of parenting, and can't lay the problem on the rest of us for the housing, courts, or schooling. Affordable housing would be junior's old room again. Really- if the parents won't pony up for help, why should we? You shouldn't get a free pad because you hate your parents or you got pregnant. That's YOUR problem. I'm too busy helping MY family.
G Kramer March 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM
We moved to Novato in 1999, it has changed dramatically in the 13 years we have been here. There is a strong correlation between all the high crime high density housing explosion and the increase in crime. No more entitlement housing and HUD dictating what's best for our town. I'm tired of the political correctness!
NovatoGuy March 11, 2012 at 07:09 AM
Illegal immigrants and anchor babies. There, I said it. The emperor has no clothes.
Novatan March 14, 2012 at 01:37 PM
My car was broken into along with 40 others in my neighborhood. I said "Things have gotten so bad in Novato." Well, guess what folks - that happened back in 1988. My point is that there always has been crime here, as there is just about anywhere. I also learned to lock my car after that night and have never had a problem in the 24 years since.

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