Two San Jose teens were arrested in Milpitas last week when they were witnessed allegedly breaking into a car and leading police on a brief chase.
According to Milpitas police, a security officer at a Technology Drive business called 911 at about 12:45 p.m. last Thursday to report two suspects attempting to break into a car in the company’s parking lot. The suspects fled the area in a tan Honda Accord and a computer check confirmed the car had been stolen earlier in the day out of San Jose.
Milpitas police officers spotted the suspect vehicle on McCarthy Boulevard and attempted a vehicle stop, but the suspects sped off and eventually abandoned the car in the 800 block of Barber Lane, officials say.
Witnesses reported seeing the suspects fleeing on foot on Barber Lane and police say a perimeter was set up and a thorough search of the area conducted. The suspects were located a few blocks away and taken into custody. According to police, witnesses helped identify the suspects, 18-year-old Benito Lara and an unnamed 16-year-old juvenile, as the teens seen attempting to break into the vehicle on Technology Drive.
Lara was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges of tampering with a vehicle and theft of a vehicle. The juvenile was booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall for possession of stolen property, according to Milpitas police Officer Trish Young.
Anyone with information on this case or other criminal activity is urged to contact Milpitas police at (408) 586-2400. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call (408) 586-2400 or visit the Milpitas Police Department’s website.