San Jose PD arrests a suspect in over 30 smash and grab robberies in the Bay Area
As seen in the video, the suspects track victims in shopping center parking lots, block in the victim’s vehicle, smash the windows and flee the scene with purses and other personal property. After the initial robbery, victims reported additional fraudulent activity with credit cards and other identity-related fraud. According to the police, all victims are female and members of the AAPI community.
On Wednesday, April 28th, the SJPD Robbery Unit, with the assistance of the Covert Response Unit (CRU), arrested a suspect, and he was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for multiple counts of felony robbery and misdemeanor vandalism. The suspect is identified as a 23-year-old Hassani Burleson-Ramsey, a resident of Oakland.
According to authorities, the string of robberies was committed by two individuals. A second suspect has not been identified and remains at large. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Estantino of the San Jose Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (408) 277-4166. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867).
According to the official stats released by the San Jose police department, property crimes are reportedly on the rise in January-March of 2021, if compared to the same period in 2020. For instance, robberies are up 2.1%, burglaries are up 22.9%, and vehicle thefts are up 36.4% correspondingly. During the first quarter of 2021, 297 robberies, 1,127 burglaries, and 1,736 vehicle thefts have been reported.
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