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

6/21/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 06212016
Subject :

Bloomingdale’s Jewelry Burglars Busted, But One Remains At Large
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Detectives have largely solved a 2015 case where a team of burglars drove a stolen SUV through the front glass doors of Bloomingdale's overnight and stole a large amount of jewelry.  Two arrests have already been made, and police are asking for the public’s help in locating a third suspect who now has a felony warrant for his arrest.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at about 4:14 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center was notified of a burglary that had occurred just after 4:00 a.m. at Bloomingdale’s at Stanford Shopping Center at 180 El Camino Real.  Surveillance video (see here and here) showed that the suspects had driven a stolen SUV through the front glass doors to make entry before three suspects ran inside, smashed several glass jewelry display cases, and absconded with a large quantity of jewelry.  An officer later located the unoccupied SUV, which had been reported stolen the day before, in the 200 block of Palo Alto Avenue.

The value of the stolen jewelry exceeded $125,000, and the estimated damage to the front doors of Bloomingdale’s and destroyed jewelry cases exceeded $55,000.

Detectives immediately began investigating the case, and through forensic evidence obtained from the inside of the recovered stolen vehicle, identified one of the suspects in July 2015 as Bobby Donald Burke, a 34-year-old man from Antioch.  Detectives obtained a search warrant for his residence in the 400 block of Grangnelli Avenue, and on July 15, 2015, searched his home pursuant to the warrant and recovered a watch that had been stolen during the Bloomingdale’s burglary.  At the time, Burke was in custody in the Contra Costa County Main Jail for an unrelated offense.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Burke, charging him with commercial burglary, grand theft, vandalism, possession of stolen property, and vehicle theft (all felonies).  On September 2, 2015, officers arrested him at the Contra Costa County Main Jail when he was released for unrelated charges, and booked him into the Santa Clara County Main Jail pursuant to the arrest warrant.  His booking photo is attached to this release.

Through ongoing investigation, detectives conducted probation searches related to this case at two residences in Hayward in October 2015.  At a home in the 200 block of Culp Avenue, detectives recovered a bracelet that had been stolen during the Bloomingdale’s burglary.  Detectives developed information that led them to identify two additional suspects (a father and son) in the case, and in January 2016, eventually obtained arrest warrants charging both men with commercial burglary, grand theft, and vandalism (all felonies).

On January 27, 2016, detectives arrested 49-year-old James Edward Sandoval of Hayward at Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail when he was released for unrelated charges, and booked him into the Santa Clara County Main Jail pursuant to the arrest warrant.  His booking photo is attached to this release.

The third suspect, 30-year-old Joseph Daniel Sandoval of Hayward, is currently at large and is wanted pursuant to this arrest warrant.  Detectives have been searching for him since obtaining the warrant, but have yet to find him.  A photograph of Sandoval is attached to this release, and police are now asking for the public’s help to locate him.  His current whereabouts are unknown.

Detectives believe that a fourth suspect (a female) also participated in this burglary, and are continuing to investigate the case in an attempt to identify her.

Anyone with information about this incident, or Joseph Sandoval’s current whereabouts, 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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