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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Witness Reports Suspicious Activity, Police Nab Would-Be Bike Thief
Contact : James Reifschneider, Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – After an alert witness observed a man using a power tool to cut a lock off of a bicycle, police responded and ultimately arrested the suspect for a variety of charges.

On Monday, November 7, 2016, at about 12:52 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a possible bicycle theft in progress at the bike racks in the CalTrain parking lot near the corner of Alma Street and Lytton Avenue.  A witness reported that a man was using a power tool to cut a lock off of a bicycle.

Officers responded immediately and found the suspect using a battery-powered circular saw to remove two Kryptonite locks from a Cannondale CAAD12 road bike valued by the victim (a man in his twenties) at $1200.  Police detained the suspect without incident, and learned that he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant out of San Mateo County for possession of burglary tools and possession of narcotics, and also was on probation out of Alameda County for burglary.  The ensuing investigation revealed that the suspect was in possession of methamphetamine and was under the influence of narcotics.  He also was in possession of a driver license that did not belong to him, as well as burglary tools (the circular saw, plus needle nose pliers and wire cutters).  We released the bicycle to the victim once we located him.

Police booked the suspect, 24-year-old Angelo James Saunders of Coulterville, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail pursuant to the arrest warrant, and for attempted grand theft (a felony), possession of narcotics, possession of burglary tools, appropriation of lost property (the driver license), and for being under the influence of narcotics.  The last four crimes are misdemeanors.  His booking photo is attached to this release.

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