Three people have been arrested by Milpitas police, breaking up what police believe was a major auto theft ring.
According to Milpitas police, officers responded to the 500 block of East Capitol Avenue at about 6 p.m. on March 2 to conduct an auto theft investigation. Upon arrival, they located nine stolen vehicles, including trailers and two motorcycles.
Detectives partnered with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATTF) to investigate and eventually located an additional three stolen vehicles, two of which were motorcycles.
Detectives arrested Mark Campbell, 30, and Mario Ramirez, 23, as a result of their investigation. Campbell was charged with auto theft, possessing stolen property, drug possession, and resisting arrest. Ramirez was located at Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas where he was already being held for stealing a vehicle in an unrelated case. He was charged with auto theft and possessing stolen property.
A third suspect, 23-year-old Angelica Quintana, was with Campbell at the time of his arrest and was booked into Santa Clara County Jail for possessing drugs for sale and possessing stolen property.
In total, Milpitas police and RATTF recovered 17 stolen vehicles tied to this investigation. Additionally, police recovered property reported stolen in some recent commercial burglaries inside some of the stolen vehicles.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Milpitas police.