Three men were arrested early Sunday morning in Santa Venetia after they told Marin County Sheriff’s Deputies they were in the area to steal.
A Marin County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol near North San Pedro Road and San Pablo Avenue saw a Honda Accord missing a tire traveling north on North San Pedro Road on Feb. 3, at 12:17 a.m. Sparks were coming from the vehicle’s front rim.
The vehicle pulled into the Northgate Gas Station and stopped. The deputy approached the three men inside the vehicle, who initially said they were in the area for a party. But the three men couldn’t provide an address, didn’t know the area and couldn’t identify the owner of the vehicle they were driving.
The deputy checked the car’s record and learned it was reported stolen out of Oakland on Jan. 19.
Inside the vehicle, deputies found several car keys that were shaved down, which car thieves commonly do, and several California license plates that weren’t registered to the Honda, according to the sheriff’s office. They also found a Visa debit card that didn’t belong to any of the three men.
The men, 32-year-old Huckthai Sipaseut San Pablo, 28-year-old Freddie Lane of El Sobrante and 40-year-old Alexander Perez of San Mateo, admitted to being in the area to conduct thefts and were all arrested and booked into Marin County Jail. They are all facing charges of taking a vehicle without an owner’s consent, possession of burglary tools and possession of a stolen items.
Persons wishing to give crime tips are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 415-479-2311. To remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
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