Fast car burglar might spend 5 years idling 

A career crook who has been connected to hundreds of auto burglaries on the Peninsula — and believed to have committed as many as 100 in a night in the Belmont area — faces no more than five years in prison despite three arrests in an 18-month period, prosecutors said.

Parolee Travis Castellanos, 22, of South San Francisco pleaded no contest Friday to four felony counts of petty theft with prior theft convictions in connection to a car burglary spree that outraged Belmont residents.

He remains in custody and is scheduled to be sentenced March 16.

Castellanos stole mostly from unlocked vehicles, moving swiftly from one neighborhood to the next, police and prosecutors said. He made quick cash off items such as cellphones, other portable electronics and gift cards, police said.

Castellanos, along with a female accomplice, was arrested in May after trying to flee from cops in Belmont before crashing his car in San Carlos, police said. The pair were allegedly in possession of about 125 stolen items.

In August, Castellanos was busted again — this time with his girlfriend — in connection to more thefts in the Belmont area. Police also have linked him to thefts in San Mateo, Hillsborough, Redwood City and Novato.

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