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2 arrested after allegedly caught in act of car burglary

2 arrested after allegedly caught in act of car burglary


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PROVO — Two men have been arrested after allegedly being caught in the act of burglarizing vehicles in a Provo apartment complex.

Miguel Castillo, 24, and Juan Zambrano, 31, were arrested early Friday morning after allegedly breaking into a car at 650 E. 500 North in Provo. An officer patrolling the area south of Brigham Young University's campus saw the two sitting in a running vehicle in the parking structure. When the two spotted the officer, they began driving around, but passed several empty stalls without parking, according to the police report.

The officer stopped the vehicle when it exited the structure and spoke with the individuals as another officer entered to parking structure to look for evidence of suspicious activity, according to Sgt. Brandon Post with the Provo Police Department.

"The officer found the victim's vehicle with pry marks where the door had been forced open," Post said. "The contents were strewn about."


It may not be valuable to other people, but it was probably valuable to the victim.

–Brandon Post


Post said the the door was locked, but there was no alarm system on the car. The victim was identified and verified items found in Castillo and Zambrano's car belonged to her. The items included a CD player, CD's, electronic cables, part of a female swimsuit, a wallet, and artwork signed by the victim.

"Any property that can be left in a vehicle, there are individuals out there who will take it," Post said. "The artwork — it may not be valuable to other people, but it was probably valuable to the victim."

Castillo and Zambrano were booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of vehicle burglary, driving on a suspended licence and suspended warrants including other vehicle burglaries and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Stephanie Grimes

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