BART serial car looter charged


The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Luis Carlos Deltoro, a suspect in a number of car burglaries in Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) parking lots.

San Leandro police arrested Deltoro on July 21 for auto burglary, and alerted BART police of the arrest since the transit agency was investigating the same suspect.

BART police had Deltoro’s fingerprints lifted from three previous auto burglaries, which occurred in BART’s Hayward, San Leandro and Bay Fair station parking lots in the last six months, according to the transit agency.

The fingerprints found by BART police led the district attorney to file charges against the suspect.

The charges against Deltoro include four counts of second degree burglary of a vehicle, said Stephanie Chan, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

A second suspect Christian Deltoro was also apprehended by San Leandro police on July 21 and charged with four counts of second degree burglary of a vehicle, as well.

Both have a court date on Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. at the Hayward Hall of Justice, according to Chan.

BART Police Chief Clinton Rainey credits the hiring of an outside forensic specialist last year to help expedite the identification process:

“BART police is now able to process forensic evidence in a matter of weeks versus months.”

Rainey also said a quick turnaround in processing evidence can help in finding the suspects and possibly even finding the stolen property.

BART reports there were 271 incidents of car burglaries in the last quarter reported by riders.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay and covers transportation and City Hall. He has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Jerold is a San Francisco native and frequently takes public transit everywhere he goes. Follow Jerold on Twitter @jerold_chinn. Email tips to

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