FREMONT -- Three accused thieves are facing auto burglary charges thanks to two observant business patrons.
Police officers responded to a car burglary in the parking lot of the Elephant Bar on Fremont Boulevard at 6:39 p.m. Monday after a man and woman who'd just left a local establishment alerted officers they had seen three people breaking into the trunk of a Dodge Charger, said Fremont Police Department spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
Officers say the suspects used a shaved key to open the car's trunk and steal a purse and phone.
After stealing the items, one of the three suspects attempted to open a second car, which set off an alarm. The suspects then got into a green Mercury Voyager minivan and drove off, Bosques said.
The witnesses called police then followed the suspects to a 76 Gas Station at 4190 Mowry Avenue, where authorities say the suspects used the victim's credit card to purchase gas.
While still speaking with the witnesses, officers arrived at the gas station and arrested the suspects, who they later identified as Oakland residents Mitchell Comeaux, 19, Miguel Salinas, 19, and Juan Ortega, 22.
The suspects were each arrested on one count of conspiracy to commit auto burglary and transported to the Fremont Police Department jail, Bosques said.