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


Subject :

Police Nab Three Following Construction Site Burglaries
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – The same commercial construction site was burglarized three times over the past week, twice resulting in arrests.       

On Sunday, December 7, 2014, at about 8:25 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a woman reporting that a man was inside of a construction site on the 1500 block of California Avenue.  Officers responded to the area and located the subject on the 2800 block of Columbia Street, where he was driving a stolen vehicle.   

When officers searched the vehicle, they located gloves, flashlights, pliers, bolt cutters and other tools that can be used to commit burglaries.  Additionally, officers located several pieces of mail which had been stolen overnight from a nearby residential mailbox. 

Investigation revealed that the suspect had forced entry to the locked construction site, and the locked vacant building within, in order to steal metal.  The vehicle driven by the suspect had been stolen days earlier in San Jose.  The suspect was also found to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police booked the suspect, 39-year-old Michael Martinez Andres of Sunnyvale, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for charges including burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, and identity theft (all felony charges), as well as possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, and driving under the influence of alcohol (all misdemeanor charges).  A booking photo is attached to this release.

Police have reason to believe that a second suspect may have been involved in this burglary, and detectives are still investigating that portion of the incident. 

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at about 10:30 p.m., an officer from the Palo Alto Police Department, conducting a patrol check of the area due to Sunday's burglary, discovered an occupied vehicle parked in an adjacent commercial lot on the 1600 block of California Ave.  Nearby, the officer noticed that a hole had been cut in the construction site's fence.  Suspecting that another burglary was in progress, he detained the vehicle’s occupant.  Just inside the hole in the fence, officers found wire cutters, saws, and other tools used to commit burglaries, as well as segments of metal that had been removed from the site. 

Suspecting that another subject might still be inside the property, officers conducted a search with the assistance of a canine from the Palo Alto Police Department.  Within minutes the canine located a second suspect who, after first attempting to hide, ran from officers and fled the property by climbing over a fence.  After a lengthy search of the surrounding area, the canine located the suspect again, hiding in some foliage on the 2600 block of Hanover Street.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident. 

Police booked the suspects, 51-year-old Jessie James Bass and 47-year-old Randy Ford Etzold, both of San Jose, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.  Police booked both men for burglary (a felony) and possession of burglary tools (a misdemeanor).  Etzold’s booking charges also included a violation of his probation (a felony) and resisting arrest (a misdemeanor).  Etzold is on active Santa Clara County probation for burglary and possession of methamphetamine.  Booking photos are attached to this release.

On Friday, December 12, 2014, at approx. 8:00 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a construction supervisor reporting that, sometime overnight, the same construction site on the 1500 block of California Avenue had been burglarized again. 

Investigation revealed that, sometime during the evening hours of December 11, 2014, unknown persons had gained access to the site by cutting through the fence, and removed copper piping.  No suspect information is available at this time.

Detectives are investigating if any or all of these incidents are related, and are working with the property owner to minimize the risk of additional burglaries.  Police will also be increasing patrols in the area. 

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips may also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or