Police Arrest Suspect for Commercial Burglary of Bicycle Shop

Published on April 28, 2022

Palo Alto, CA After a silent alarm tripped at a bicycle shop early this morning, police arrived to find the two suspects leaving from the smashed front window.  One suspect fled on foot but police apprehended him.  The second suspect fled in a stolen van and remains at large after abandoning the vehicle on the Stanford campus.

On Thursday, April 28, 2022, at about 4:32 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a silent burglar alarm activation from the Cardinal Bike Shop at 1955 El Camino Real.  Officers responded immediately and upon arrival, found the two male suspects coming out of the front smashed window of the business.  One suspect ran from officers but was arrested without incident after a short foot pursuit.  The second suspect drove away in a white Ford Transit T-250, which police later determined had been reported stolen yesterday in San Jose.  Police last saw the suspect vehicle on the Stanford campus, where it drove off at a high rate of speed with tools coming out of the vehicle.

The investigation revealed that the two suspects entered the store by smashing a window.  Once inside, they took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.  Police recovered the stolen money on the arrested suspect and returned it to the business owner.

At about 6:20 a.m., officers located the stolen vehicle unoccupied in the 800 block of Bowdoin Street on the campus of Stanford University, after it was noticed by a passerby.  Police processed the vehicle for evidence, and then returned it to its owner.

Police recovered the tools that came out of the suspect vehicle, and believe it is possible they may be stolen.  A picture of those suspected stolen tools is attached to this release.  If anyone recognizes them, police ask that they call our 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413 to be put into contact with our detectives.

Police booked 36-year-old Miguel Arturo Garcia of San Jose into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for commercial burglary, possession of stolen vehicle, conspiracy, committing a felony while out on bail, and resisting arrest.  All charges are felonies, except for resisting arrest, which is a misdemeanor.  His booking photo appears above.

Officers described the outstanding suspect to be a Hispanic male in his thirties.  He had short brown hair and was unshaven.  Detectives are actively conducting follow-up investigation to identify, locate, and arrest the second suspect.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.

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