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Arrest made in downtown Redlands car burglary

A still photo from a surveillance camera located at Citrus and 6th streets in downtown Redlands shows two men police say were responsible for multiple car burglaries in the area.

June 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
One suspect was arrested in connection with a car burglary at a parking structure in downtown Redlands.

Police received word that a Toyota Highlander which was parked in the top level of a parking structure at Citrus Avenue and Sixth Street was broken into at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

A police surveillance camera operator spotted two suspects in a pickup truck, driving around the block then entering the parking structure.

An officer patrolling the area approached the pickup truck, but when he attempted to contact the driver, the vehicle sped away. The officer noted that there was only one occupant inside the vehicle.

When authorities tracked down the truck in the 300 block of Myrtle Street, the driver tried to flee on foot. The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Guillermo Arambulo of Fontana, was caught and taken into custody.

When police searched the car Arambulo was driving, they found stolen property from the reported auto burglary as well as a second burglary that occurred earlier the same evening at First and State streets.

Investigators said Arambulo and another man were casing cars while distributing fliers Thursday. They smashed the windows of the two vehicles and stole electronics, including a digital camera and a laptop.

Police describe the second suspect as a Hispanic man in his early 20s, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180-195 pounds with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, a black hooded sweatshirt and denim shorts.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you're urged to contact Redlands police at (909) 798-7681.