Suspect arrested in connection with vehicle burglaries on UC Berkeley campus

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In the wake of a series of vehicle break-ins around campus, UCPD investigating officers identified a suspect now charged with three counts of auto burglary.

According to UCPD spokesperson Sgt. Nicolas Hernandez, Pride Scott Jr. has been charged with breaking into three cars in the Lower Sproul Lot and the Stadium Parking Garage on July 28. He was arrested Aug. 13 by the California Highway Patrol.

Hernandez said UCPD does not yet know whether the burglaries in question constituted a single act or were part of a string of break-ins. He added that auto burglaries are not a “rampant” problem on campus, but there can occasionally be connected incidences in which the identification of a suspect can help stop further burglaries.

“A lot of it has to do with being vigilant and not leaving valuables in your car,” Hernandez said. “Or if you do, hide them very, very well and make sure that you are not being watched.”

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