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3 of 5 Arrested After Walnut Creek Burglary Were Concord Residents

Walnut Creek man woke up to the sound of his car being stolen at 5 a.m.

Three Concord residents and a 17-year-old girl are among five people arrested in Walnut Creek today after an early morning car theft. 

Heriberto Hernandez, 18, Juan Franco Perez, 35 and Mario Alberto Pena, 27 - all from Concord - and transient Isaac Melgoza Gomez, 39, are in custody on suspicion of auto theft charges and conspiracy. 

The unidentified 17-year-old girl was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and stolen property, according to a WCPD press release.

Timeline

At 5:00 a.m., a man who resides in the 1500 block of Sunnyvale Avenue near Pleasant Hill woke up to the sound of his car being started and witnessed a man - Pena - driving it away, police reported. 

When he ran outside, police said the victim came upon two subjects - Gomez and Hernandez - running from his neighbor's driveway in possession of a black backpack stolen from the neighbor's car.

The victims then lost sight of the two suspects and called police, who found Hernandez hiding nearby. Police said they also located and impounded Gomez' car nearby.

A patrol officer spotted Gomez in a car occupied by several other subjects approximately two hours later. A high-risk stop was performed without incident on Highway 24 in Lafayette, where police took Gomez, Pena, Perez and the juvenile teen into custody. 

The victim's car was found and recovered around 11:00 a.m. unoccupied in Concord.

Check back with Concord Patch and Walnut Creek Patch soon for an updated version of this story. 

Sally Morgan February 11, 2012 at 06:07 AM
wonder if these three were the " gang" that several years ago were doing hit and run burgularies along the #680 corridor..I had my car window broken , bag taken with wallet,etc and valuable family and friends photos..Police never found the gang...or my stuff !!!
Sally Morgan February 11, 2012 at 06:07 AM
wonder if these three were the " gang" that several years ago were doing hit and run burgularies along the #680 corridor..I had my car window broken , bag taken with wallet,etc and valuable family and friends photos..Police never found the gang...or my stuff !!!
jasonlee February 11, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I was wondering the same thing Sally, gotten hit twice myself on Creekside.
Punks February 11, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Not to be mean but you guys are a little naive. Read the police log on the city website and you will see there dozens of these break-ins around town every week. There must be hundreds of people that regularly steal stuff from cars and homes in and around the 680 valley corridor.
Creek Diva February 13, 2012 at 09:04 PM
@Jasonlee, oh yes good ole' Creekside has lots of vehicle break-ins as well as hit and runs. People tend to gun it out of driveways so you have to be careful. I've had some close calls.

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