Police reportedly found a window-punch tool on a San Mateo car burglary suspect.

SF man arrested in connection with San Mateo car burglaries

An alert resident’s tip led to the speedy arrest Friday of a San Francisco man who allegedly burglarized at least 10 cars in San Mateo, according to police.

Police said officers were called around 6 a.m. to the area of 36th Avenue and Michael Drive after a community member reported a suspicious person rummaging through garbage cans.

Officers arriving at the scene located a man who matched the suspicious person’s description and questioned him.

During their investigation, officers found the man to allegedly be in possession of several items clearly belonging to nearby residents, police said.

Police said the property was later determined to have been stolen from at least 10 unlocked vehicles in a neighborhood near the San Mateo County Medical Center.

The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Clinton Skelley, was also allegedly in possession of a window-punch tool commonly used in vehicle burglaries, as well as drugs packaged for sale and suspected proceeds from drug sales.

Skelley was arrested on suspicion of theft and drug offenses and taken to county jail.

Police say the incident serves not only as a reminder to residents to report suspicious activity but also to secure their vehicles to prevent thefts.

The public is reminded to always lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight.36th AvenueBay Area NewsClinton SkelleyPeninsulaSan Mateo

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