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


Subject :

Suspect arrested for possession of three stolen vehicles
Contact : Sergeant Brian Philip, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- On Wednesday, March 07, 2012, at approximately 5:00 AM, a Palo Alto Police Officer located a downed light pole and damaged shrubbery on the south side of Oregon Expressway just west of Greer Road.

Another officer arrived to help and began to check the area for what appeared to be a hit and run suspect and related vehicle. The officer then noticed tree limbs and some type of fluid leading away from the scene southbound on Greer Road. The officer continued to follow the trail to the 900 block of Loma Verde Avenue where a severely damaged Ford truck was located. The truck had no license plates and contained two motorcycles in its bed.

All of the vehicles were determined to be stolen from different locations. Shortly thereafter, police responded to a citizen's call of a suspicious person urinating in the area of West Bayshore Road and Loma Verde Avenue. An officer located the subject who had no form of identification. Although the subject attempted to verbally identify himself, officers were unable to confirm his identification through any automated sources. During the contact, the subject attempted to discard a methamphetamine pipe. A search of the suspect’s person revealed keys to the stolen truck and a key to one of the stolen motorcycles.

With the help of a Mountain View Police Department sergeant who recently completed an assignment on the Regional Auto theft Task Force, officers were able to identify the subject  as 25 year-old San Jose resident Mario Ramirez, who had an outstanding $200,000 felony warrant for numerous charges related to narcotics sales and auto theft.

Upon the conclusion of the investigation, the suspect was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges consisting of felony possession of three stolen vehicles, misdemeanor hit and run, possession of drug paraphernalia, providing false information to a peace officer, and driving on a suspended license, and the outstanding warrant.