Modesto police said they halted a string of car burglaries early Sunday, arresting two men suspected of stealing from more than a dozen vehicles.
Police discovered the suspected burglars just after 3:45 a.m., when officer Eric Pena responded to a report of shots fired near Banyan Tree Drive and Coconut Palm Way in northeast Modesto, Lt. Scott Blum said.
Pena spotted a man sitting inside a 2005 Nissan pickup parked at the intersection, Blum said. Pena spoke to the man, later identified as Rogelio Covarrubias, 33, of Atwater.
Pena determined that Covarrubias was waiting for a companion to return to the car with property stolen from nearby vehicles, Blum said.
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Other officers responded and searched for Covarrubias' companion, finding him hiding in bushes near Sharon Avenue and Snowy Egret Street, Blum said. When the suspect did not comply with officers' requests to come out of the bushes, officers sent a K-9, Chuck, after the suspect.
"Chuck convinced him to comply," Blum said.
Covarrubias and his companion, Nicholas Krauth, 32, of Modesto, were arrested on suspicion of vehicle burglary and suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary. Police believe the suspects are responsible for at least 14 vehicle burglaries committed on Saturday night and early Sunday morning, Blum said.
Police are investigating whether the two are responsible for other vehicle burglaries, Blum said.