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


Subject :

Police Arrest Four for Auto Burglaries
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
UL: J. Hamilton, UR: L. Hamilton, LL: Barker, LR: Blackwell
Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested four suspects yesterday afternoon for auto burglaries that occurred in Milpitas and Palo Alto, and detectives are investigating to see if they are responsible for burglaries in other cities as well.

At about 11 a.m. on Monday, January 25, 2016, the Milpitas Police Department notified area law enforcement agencies of two auto burglaries that had just occurred in their city.  Their bulletin included a detailed suspect vehicle description (a red 2013 Toyota Corolla) with a known license plate provided by a witness.  Detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department in unmarked cars began patrolling areas commonly targeted by daytime and evening auto burglars, and at about 12:16 p.m., located the vehicle driving slowly through the parking lot at the Town & Country Shopping Center at 855 El Camino Real.  They observed two suspects in the car, and two additional suspects walking nearby, looking into parked vehicles.  As they watched, the two suspects on foot got back into the car.  When marked police vehicles arrived, officers stopped the car in the parking lot for investigation.

A short time after being stopped, three of the four suspects simultaneously fled in different directions on foot. Officers chased and arrested all three suspects nearby without further incident.  No officers or suspects were injured during the arrests.

The investigation, which at the time of this writing remains ongoing, revealed that the suspects were in possession of a laptop stolen in one of the auto burglaries committed that morning in Milpitas.  The suspects also had additional property in the vehicle that detectives believe may have been stolen from other area auto burglaries, though the identification of that property (two laptop computers and other miscellaneous items) is still pending.  Detectives in Palo Alto are working in conjunction with their counterparts in other cities to determine if these suspects can be connected to additional burglaries.

During the follow-up investigation, detectives were able to confirm that two of the four suspects were responsible for committing three auto burglaries on the night of Thursday, January 21, 2015, in Palo Alto.  In those cases, the suspects broke windows of cars parked in restaurants along El Camino Real and stole items (including personal electronic devices and clothing items) from inside.  The property stolen in those three crimes remains outstanding at this time.

Police booked the four suspects into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.  All four suspects were booked for two felony counts of auto burglary for the crimes that occurred in Milpitas on Monday morning and one felony count of conspiracy.  Additionally, 29-year-old Jon Anthony Hamilton of Richmond was booked for three more felony counts of auto burglary for the crimes that occurred in Palo Alto on January 21, a felony enhancement for committing a felony while out on bail (for a possession of stolen property / possession of burglary tools case currently pending in Contra Costa County), and misdemeanor resisting arrest.  21-year-old LeRan Hamilton of Richmond was also booked for three more felony counts of auto burglary for the crimes that occurred in Palo Alto on January 21, misdemeanor possession of burglary tools (a window punch), and misdemeanor resisting arrest. 26-year-old James Allen Barker, Jr., of Richmond was also booked for misdemeanor resisting arrest and misdemeanor false information to police (for initially lying about his identity).  27-year-old DaJuan Dasheem Blackwell of Hayward was also booked for a felony parole violation (he is on parole for burglary and narcotics sales).  Booking photos of each of the four suspects are attached to this release.

Auto burglary and thefts from autos are exceptionally common crimes throughout the Bay Area.  To avoid becoming a victim, never leave valuables in your car, and always lock up.  To view an auto burglary prevention video we released in December, click here.  For more crime prevention tips, please visit

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