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

4/28/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 04282016
Subject :

Police Arrest Four Men for Stealing Delivery Truck, Recover Property
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Thanks in large measure to tracking software installed on a cell phone, police arrested four men who stole a delivery truck laden with tens of thousands of dollars of clothing last week from the Stanford Shopping Center after they found the suspects offloading the goods into a van with a stolen license plate.

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, at about 9:19 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a large delivery truck (a 2005 Freightliner) that had just been stolen from the Stanford Shopping Center at 180 El Camino Real.  The victim, a man in his fifties, had been delivering goods to one of the apparel stores (Gap). Another delivery employee had left his cell phone charging in the truck.  The men were able to use commercially-available tracking software to track the stolen phone to the area of El Camino Real at Stanford Avenue, and provided that information in a timely way to dispatchers.

When officers arrived in the area, they found the stolen truck parked to the rear of the Starbucks Coffee at 2200 El Camino Real, with a van pulled up next to it.  Men were loading boxes from the stolen truck into the van.  Upon seeing the police, four men fled on foot.  Police chased all four suspects and arrested them nearby without incident.  No suspects or officers were injured.

The investigation revealed that the delivery truck contained boxes of new Gap clothing.  Police recovered all of the stolen property at the scene and allowed the victim to continue his deliveries.  By the time the officers arrived and arrested the suspects, they had offloaded 33 boxes containing over $45,000 in new clothing onto their van (a 2011 Chevrolet Express).  There was a license plate on the back on the van that had been reported stolen in San Jose in December 2015.

While reviewing dashcam video of the incident and the arrests, officers saw a fifth suspect who emerged from the shadows around the stolen van and then disappeared after the other four suspects ran.  That fifth suspect is unknown and remains at large.  This suspect appeared to be Hispanic male in his thirties, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Police booked all four suspects into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, grand theft, and conspiracy (all felonies), as well as misdemeanor resisting arresting (for fleeing from the detention).  After the suspects posted bail, fingerprint matches returned and revealed that three of the four men had provided fictitious names to police and jail staff.  The true names of the three suspects who provided fictitious names, as verified by fingerprint matches, are Vincente Ramirez (50, no permanent residence address), Carlos Xavier Zhune (26, from Los Angeles), and Jorge Luis Gonzalez (40, from Los Angeles).  Antony Lopez (45, no permanent residence address) was the fourth man arrested.  Their booking photos are attached to this release.  Detectives will be seeking additional felony charges on the three suspects for providing fictitious names to jail staff prior to bailing out of custody.

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 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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