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Police Arrest Man Taking Things From Unlocked Vehicles

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Occurred Sunday, July 29, 2012, 01:00am, 4100 Brett Street, Burglary from a vehicle

A 20-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning accused of stealing from vehicles in an apartment parking lot at the 4100 block of Brett Street.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a complaint of a man and woman roaming the parking lot, looking in vehicles and pulling the door handles. Police Officers saw a man and woman who matched the description of the suspects provided by the original caller and the woman and man directly ran from police.

The officer caught the man, 20-year-old Joshua Pantoja with a bag of property. The officer investigated and discovered the property was taken from unlocked vehicles in the parking lot. The total value of the property was $550 and was returned to the rightful owner.

Pantonja was arrested for burglary of a motor vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine. The woman has been identified by police and the investigation continues for any potential criminal charges appropriate for her involvement.

The Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force reminds everyone to hide the things in your vehicle, lock the doors to your vehicle when it is unattended, and take your keys. Unattended vehicles are a tempting target for thieves.