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Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Arrest Three for Residential Burglary
Contact : Sergeant Brian Philip, Police Department    650-329-2413
April 15, 2012 at 11:20 p.m.

Palo Alto, CA -- Officers from the Palo Alto Police Department arrested three men for residential burglary on Friday afternoon after an officer stopped a vehicle and discovered property stolen from the burglary inside.

On Friday, April 13, 2012, at about 1:46 p.m., a resident in the 2400 block of Agnes Way called police to report a residential burglary.  Officers responded to investigate and determined that an unknown suspect or suspects had gained entry between 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and ransacked the home.  The suspect or suspects entered the home by opening an unlocked window in the side yard after cutting through the window screen.  The home's side yard gate had not been locked.  The resident reported that several items of property had been stolen, including a man's watch, jewelry, and electronics.  The resident did not have any suspect information, but nonetheless notified police immediately of the crime.

At about 2:08 p.m., an officer from the Palo Alto Police Department stopped a car on Oregon Expressway at Middlefield Road for a Vehicle Code violation.  The officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car and detained the three occupants for investigation.  The officer learned that one of the occupants was on searchable probation out of Alameda County for vehicle theft and domestic violence.  The officer conducted a probation search.  During the search, the officer found the man's watch that had been just been stolen in the Agnes Way burglary, as well as several tools commonly used for committing burglaries.  The ensuing investigation led to the recovery of all of the property stolen in the Agnes Way burglary.  Officers estimated the total value of the stolen and recovered property to be between $10,000 and $15,000.

Police arrested all three suspects for the same four charges: residential burglary, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy (all felony crimes), and possession of burglary tools (a misdemeanor crime).  Police booked 31-year-old Hector Jose Sandoval of Hayward, 20-year-old Gilbert Garcia of East Palo Alto, and 35-year-old Israel Aguilar of East Palo Alto into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.  Sandoval is the suspect on probation in Alameda County.

The Palo Alto Police Department’s top priorities right now are burglary prevention and burglar apprehension.  The Department launched the "Lock It or Lose It!" public education campaign in March, following a dramatic spike in daytime residential burglaries.  The campaign is designed to focus the public’s attention on how best to prevent burglaries, how to report suspicious behavior, and how best to report that suspicious behavior to police.  Police have reassigned personnel specifically to daytime residential burglary suppression and apprehension.  The officer who conducted the vehicle stop and made the arrests in this case happened to be one of those reassigned officers.

The Palo Alto Police Department’s website has a section on crime prevention tips.  It can now be accessed at a new, easy-to-remember URL: There are pages on home security, recognizing suspicious behavior, and more.

Residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1 to report suspicious behavior, and allow police to investigate if that behavior is innocent or criminal.  Anyone having information about this case, or about our current burglary trend, can contact 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.

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