San Mateo man found guilty of S.F. auto burglary

San Mateo resident Robert Chavarria was convicted Thursday of second-degree auto burglary in the Mission District, said San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris.

Chavarria was arrested July 12 for smashing the rear window of a truck on 23rd and Florida streets and stealing items from the vehicle, according to court documents.

The owner of the car allegedly found the suspect ransacking the truck and called the police. The victim then followed Chavarria on foot for 10 blocks while talking to police on the phone. Police arrived at the scene and arrested the suspect.

A trial that lasted three days took place before Superior Court Judge Wallace Douglas. After deliberating for less than an hour, the jury found Chavarria guilty of the one count, according to Harris.

Auto burglary has a maximum penalty of three years on state prison. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

— Bay City News

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