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Smash and grab burglars arrested in undercover operation

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An undercover sting leads to the arrest of two auto burglary suspects. 

34-year-old Adrian Gomez was arrested for allegedly breaking into a vehicle near Staples and Timbergate Drive, Tuesday night. 

We're told an increase in smash and grab auto burglaries on the Southside of Corpus Christi led to an undercover operation, which eventually led to his arrest. 

"Our guys are out there, we are watching, we are watching the trends, we read all the reports that come in," said Lt. James Lerma. 

The Auto Theft Unit at CCPD and the Crime Analyst Unit have been working together for weeks, trying to narrow down days and locations where a suspected car burglar was targeting vehicles. 

Tuesday night, undercover officers were right on target. A woman that was working out at a gym had her car window smashed. However, police arrested Gomez and recovered the woman's property before she even knew that her car had been broken into. 

"Thank goodness that they were out here doing their job and CCPD turned something negative into something positive," said Michelle Jones. 

Lieutenant Lerma says, they had been trailing Gomez throughout the day and they were glad the wait paid off. 

35-year-old William Heat was also arrested in connection to the auto burglary. Charges are still pending for both suspects. 

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