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


PRESS RELEASE 0203201702
Subject :

Police Arrest Car Burglar Following Timely Call by Alert Witness
Contact : Zach Perron, Captain, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police are crediting a timely call from an alert witness with helping them arrest an auto burglary suspect minutes after the crime occurred.

On Monday, January 30, 2017, at about 11:36 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a man in his sixties who had just witnessed a suspect commit an auto burglary at Stanford Shopping Center, located at 180 El Camino Real.  The witness recorded the license plate, called police, and followed the suspect to the Town & Country Shopping Center at 855 El Camino Real.  Officers located the suspect vehicle (a silver 2004 Honda Civic four-door) there, with the suspect still inside.  Police detained the suspect without incident, and located a window punch tool in his possession.  Police learned the suspect had an active felony warrant out of Mountain View for possession of stolen property and evading officers, and they also learned he was driving on a suspended license.

The investigation revealed that the witness had observed the suspect break a window on a parked and unoccupied silver 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe rental car and reach inside.  After police contacted the owner of the victim vehicle, they learned that the suspect had not stolen any property from inside.

Police booked 26-year-old Joaquin Saturnino-Aguilar of Oakland into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for auto burglary (a felony), possession of burglary tools (a misdemeanor), vandalism (a misdemeanor), and driving on a suspended license (a misdemeanor).  Police also booked him pursuant to his outstanding warrant.  His booking photo is attached.

Detectives are investigating any possible connection between this suspect and other auto burglaries that have occurred in Palo Alto and surrounding communities.

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