Milpitas Police helped recover 17 stolen vehicles and arrest three people in connection with the crimes earlier this month.
Mario Ramirez, 25, and Angelica Quintana, 23, both of San Jose, and Mark Campbell, 30, a transient, were arrested after police found nine stolen vehicles in a parking lot on the 500 block of E. Capitol Avenue on March 2, according to police reports.
Milpitas police joined with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force to investigate what they believed to be a major auto theft ring, according to reports. Seventeen vehicles eventually were recovered, including cars, trailers and motorcycles. Stolen property also was found inside the stolen vehicles.
Campbell and Ramirez were arrested by Milpitas Police. Campbell was booked into Santa Clara County jail for auto theft, posessing stolen property, drug posession and resisting arrest. Ramirez was already held at Elmwood Correctional Facility where he was being held for stealing a vehicle in an unrelated case. Ramirez was arrested for auto theft and posessing stolen property.
Quintana was arrested with Campbell by Milpitas Police and was found in posession of drugs. Detectives believe she intended to sell the drugs, according to police reports. She was also arrested for posessing stolen property.
Anyone with information about this auto theft ring should call Milpitas Police at 408-586-2400; report it anonymously at 408-586-2500; or visit the police department's website.