News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

9/18/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 0918201402
Subject :

Police Arrest Two Parolees, Recover Property Stolen in Home Burglary
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Instead of finding just a traffic violator when he stopped an SUV last week for running a stop sign, a patrol officer instead found two parolees and property that had been stolen in a Palo Alto residential burglary earlier in the day.  Police arrested both men.

On Monday, September 8, 2014, at about 11:00 p.m., an officer on routine patrol observed a silver 2000 Land Rover Discovery commit a stop sign violation on Palo Alto Avenue at Chaucer Street.  The officer stopped the vehicle a short distance away at Pope Street and Woodland Avenue in Menlo Park, and soon learned that both the driver and passenger were on active parole for burglary.

While conducting a parole search of the vehicle, officers located an Amazon Kindle e-reader that had been stolen that morning in a residential burglary of a home in the 400 block of Maureen Avenue in Palo Alto (approximately 3.5 miles away by car).  In that case, an unknown suspect entered an unlocked side yard gate and entered the unoccupied home via an unsecured sliding glass door sometime between 9 and 10:35 a.m.  The suspect stole several electronic items, including two e-readers, a cell phone, a desktop computer, a laptop computer, and two tablet computers.  The victim in that case, a man in his forties, called police after his wife came home and discovered the burglary.

Follow-up investigation revealed the second e-reader and cell phone were also in the car.  The other property stolen in the burglary remains missing. 

Officers booked both men at the Santa Clara County Main Jail.  In addition to a felony parole violation on each man, police booked 26-year-old Serjio Fuentes for felony possession of stolen property, and 30-year-old Gerardo Aguilar Jr. for misdemeanor driving on a suspended license.  Both men are residents of East Palo Alto.  Detectives are continuing their investigation to see if either man is linked to the residential burglary on Maureen Avenue, or any other residential burglaries that have occurred recently in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.

Anyone with information about these suspects or 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.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.





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