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Benicia Police Department
Wednesday November 9th, 2011 :: 04:48 p.m. PST


Benicia Police Arrest Suspected State Park Car Burglars

A rash of auto burglaries at the two Benicia State Park entrances hopefully came to an end early Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of two Vallejo residents found cruising through a parking area that Benicia police had focused extra patrol efforts.

Tuesday (11/08/11) at about 12:15 in the afternoon, Benicia Police Officer Sergio Cruz was patrolling the State Park area due to the six car break ins reported since August. In one of the earlier reports, a witness was able to provide a description of two males and a license plate of the vehicle involved in the crimes.

While patrolling through the main parking lot of the State Park off of Columbus Parkway and Highway 780, Officer Cruz spotted the suspect vehicle (a 1996 Dodge Neon) used in earlier burglaries as the car was pulling into the park area. Officer Cruz contacted the two male occupants as they got out of the vehicle. The driver, 24 year old Christopher David Newt from Vallejo, was found to have a suspended license and he was arrested for driving on a suspended license. The passenger, 20 year old Vallejo resident Martez Deon Lewis, was identified at the scene by a previous witness as one of the responsibles in a previous break in and arrested.

The car was searched and Officer Cruz found a cell phone, tools, flashlights, and a hole punch inside the car. The cell phone and flashlights found by Officer Cruz were found to be stolen from a parked truck on Sonoma Blvd. Tuesday morning the city of Vallejo shortly before the pair arrived in Benicia.

"Our officers were focusing on this area to try and stop these crimes," Benicia Police Sergeant Roger Yokoi said. "Officer Cruz did a great job by seeing, stopping, and arrested these two suspects. Hopefully this will put an end to our recent rash of car burglaries in the two parking lots at the State Park."

Newt was booked into the Solano County Jail for three felonies (burglary, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy) along with two misdemeanors (possession of burglary tools and driving on a suspended license).

Lewis was booked for the same three felony charges and for one misdemeanor charge of possessing burglar tools.

Both suspects had been arrested auto burglary in American Canyon on August 24th.

For further information on this press release, contact Lt. Mike Daley at (707)590-4259 or via email.

Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

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