2 arrests in connection to vehicle thefts in Berkeley made in 1 day

Yellow tape reading "POLICE LINE DO NOT CROSS" over a road, white, red, blue lights can be seen in the blurred background.
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According to a Nixle alert sent Tuesday, two arrests were made in connection to vehicle thefts Sunday.

On Sunday, officers responded to a report that a suspect stole a vehicle and drove away at 3:54 a.m. on the 900 block of Bancroft Way. According to the alert, when officers arrived at the scene, they found the vehicle driving north on Seventh Street with its headlights off. The officers stopped the vehicle and arrested the suspect — identified as 27-year-old Alvaro Guerra — on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of burglary tools and violation of probation.

The same day at 5:14 p.m., officers spotted a suspect that was wanted on suspicion of vehicle theft in the city of Concord. The officers spotted him on the corner of University and Shattuck avenues, and when the suspect saw the officers, he rode away on his bicycle westward on University Avenue. When officers caught up with the suspect on the 1200 block of Delaware Street, he was taken into custody.

Upon searching the man, the officers found 49 grams of methamphetamine and more than $1,100 in cash. The suspect, identified as 43-year-old Miguel Garcia, was arrested on suspicion of the prior vehicle theft, possession of a controlled substance, violation of parole and resisting arrest.

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