Three people arrested this week after a two-county police chase committed carjackings and burglaries in El Cerrito, Albany and Concord, police say, and detectives continue to investigate the group in connection with other local crimes.
Fremont police and California Highway Patrol officers arrested 27-year-old Thomas Souza, of San Pablo; 35-year-old Charles Brown, of Oakland; and a 23-year-old Nevada woman after they crashed a Silver Toyota Matrix on Interstate 880 in Fremont about 1 a.m. July 10.
The crash ended a police chase that began at South 55th Street and Carlson Boulevard in Richmond, when an El Cerrito patrol officer tried to stop the car because Albany police reported it carjacked from the owner on Saturday.
Brown carried a small amount of methamphetamine and evidence linking him to a July 1 carjacking in El Cerrito, El Cerrito Sgt. Scott Cliatt said.
Police investigating Souza, a parole violator, searched his girlfriend's Richmond home and also found physical evidence from a July 1 burglary in Concord, during which the residents were home. Thieves entered with help from a garage-door opener, which El Cerrito detectives found, Sgt. Scott Cliatt said.
According to police, a witness identified the girlfriend, 26-year-old Brenda Lee Mahaffey, as a participant in the Albany carjacking.
Police also say her silver Dodge Neon resembles the car used in the Concord burglary.
San Pablo police continue to investigate
On Wednesday, the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office filed charges of carjacking, robbery, attempted burglary and possession of stolen property against Souza and Mahaffey. Brown received the same, plus a drug charge. The 23-year-old Nevada woman remains uncharged.
The three charged suspects remained in County Jail in Martinez on Friday.
Contact Karl Fischer at 510-262-2728.