News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0220201402
Subject :

Police Arrest Suspect for Possession of Stolen Property
Contact : Marianna Villaescusa, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Anthony James Miller booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested a probationer last week for being in possession of a cell phone that had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle earlier in the day.  Police later determined he had been riding a bicycle stolen from an unlocked garage as well.

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at about 12:18 p.m., a patrol officer stopped a man on a bicycle for a traffic violation on University Avenue at Guinda Street.  A routine records check revealed the man had two outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Santa Clara County (one for felony vehicle theft, and one for infraction possession of marijuana).  The man was on probation in Santa Clara County for vehicle theft, and also on probation in Los Angeles County for burglary.  The officer arrested the man pursuant to the warrants.

The officer located a cell phone in the suspect's pocket, and determined that the cell phone did not belong to him.  Officers contacted the true owner of the cell phone, a man in his forties, and learned that it had been stolen earlier that morning out of his truck.  The victim had parked his truck in the 1200 block of Bryant Street at about 9:35 a.m., and left the vehicle unlocked with the window down.  When he returned to the truck about a minute later, he discovered that both his laptop computer and cell phone had been stolen by an unknown suspect.  He had not yet had a chance to report the theft to police prior to us locating the phone in the possession of the suspect and contacting him.  Officers released the cell phone back to the appreciative victim.  Police did not find the stolen laptop.

Police booked 36-year-old Anthony James Miller of East Palo Alto into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for a single felony count of possession of stolen property, and pursuant to his two outstanding warrants.  A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this release.

Following the arrest, officers were able to confirm that the suspect had been riding a bicycle stolen from an unsecured open garage of a home in the 400 block of Addison Avenue.  The victim, an adult male, had left the Trek mountain bike unlocked, and had last seen it in the garage on the night of February 11.  An additional charge is pending for that case.

Detectives are investigating if Miller may be connected to any other thefts from vehicles or garages.  Anyone with information about this incident or this suspect is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.