Stolen checkbook in San Mateo hotel room leads to car crook couple’s arrest 

A career crook accused of committing hundreds of auto burglaries on the Peninsula — including as many as 100 in one night in Belmont — is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in court Wednesday.

Parolee Travis Castellanos, 21, and his girlfriend, Jenna Montani, 21, face charges in connection with multiple car thefts in Belmont between July 27 and Aug. 10.

The two were arrested after they left a stolen checkbook in a San Mateo motel room, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Police called the owner of the checkbook and discovered the theft.

Castellanos separately faces charges in connection with a rash of Belmont auto burglaries between May 3 and May 11.

Castellanos only stole from unlocked cars, Wagstaffe said. Additional charges are expected upon further investigation, he said.

Montani is out of custody on $10,000 bail bond, while Castellanos remains in jail on a $100,000 bail.

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