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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 1106201402
Subject :

Police Arrest Two for Possessing Property Stolen from Parked Cars
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Gregorio Martin Santa Gadea booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- An alert officer on patrol checking on an occupied vehicle wound up arresting the occupants for possessing property stolen from several parked cars.

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at about 11:08 a.m., a patrol officer spotted a green 1999 Ford Explorer parked on the street in the 600 block of Los Robles Avenue with a male in the driver seat.  The officer went to check on the man and saw a 17-year-old female asleep in the front passenger seat.  When she awoke, she exhibited symptoms of being under the influence of narcotics.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the two occupants were in possession of property stolen from five separate parked cars.  The thefts had occurred overnight from Sunday into Monday, October 26 to 27, from four unlocked cars parked in the 500, 600, and 700 blocks of Kendall Avenue and the 700 block of Chimalus Drive.  The property recovered included a laptop computer, gift cards, personal checks, and a wallet.  Officers also found methamphetamine, narcotics paraphernalia, and illegal prescription drugs in the possession of the juvenile.

Police booked 25-year-old Gregorio Martin Santa Gadea of Palo Alto into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for felony possession of stolen property.  A booking photo of Santa Gadea is attached to this release.  Police transported the 17-year-old juvenile, also a Palo Alto resident, to Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall for possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of illegal narcotics (all felonies), and possession of narcotics paraphernalia and possession of a prescription drug without a prescription (both misdemeanors).  As is standard procedure, no additional information on the juvenile suspect will be released.  Police do not routinely release photographs of juvenile suspects.

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 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 or