The Oakley Police Department announced they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a series of residential burglaries in the City of Oakley.
Police say in one of the crimes that occurred on January 4, a resident on Walnut Drive left their vehicle unlocked in front of their home. At some point during the night, the suspect entered the car and took a garage door opener and other items. Later that night, the suspect returned
Later in the night, the suspect returned to the home with the garage door opener and used it to open the garage door, while the family slept inside the home. The suspect was able to gain access to the garage of the home and removed several items, including a firearm. The suspect left the scene and the family discovered the entry the next day
In the second crime, which occurred on January 7 on Amador Avenue where a resident returned home and found their front door unlocked—per the resident, the home was locked when they left an hour earlier.
Police say when the residents entered the home, they found indications the home had been searched. They exited the home and telephoned police. Oakley police learned that property, including several firearms, had been removed from the home by the suspect(s).
Based on images obtained by surveillance videos, police were able to identify the suspect and associate him with several locations in the city. Upon searching for the suspect at known locations, on January 12, officers were able to locate and recover several firearms that had been stolen from the homes. Police also located additional firearms and drugs.
Daniel Zaragoza, 23 years old, an Oakley transient, was booked at the jail where he remains in custody. Investigators will be meeting with the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office on Monday to keep him in custody.
Police say they have linked Zaragoza to multiple burglaries and he is also being investigated in connection to burglaries in the Almond Drive neighborhood.
Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact OPD Investigators at [email protected]