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


Subject :

Police Arrest Three Men After Interrupted Residential Burglary
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police    650-329-2413
Bulmaro SanchezCarlos Bribiesca-Martinez (L) and Jose Angel Jimenez (R)
Palo Alto, CA -- Officers from the Palo Alto Police Department arrested three men last week after an interrupted residential burglary, and were able to connect them to at least two other recent home break-ins as well.

On Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at about 11:20 a.m., officers from the Palo Alto Police Department responded to the 800 block of Miranda Green on a report of a residential burglary that had just occurred.  Officers arrived on scene just over three minutes later.  The victim, a woman in her 50s, reported that she had been inside her home when she heard her dog barking.  She went outside to see what was bothering her pet, and she saw a strange vehicle backed into her driveway.  The vehicle was a gold BMW X-5 sports utility vehicle.  As the victim went to investigate why the car was there, it drove away.

The victim then noticed that her unlocked side yard gate was open.  She walked to the side of her home and saw a man standing near an open sliding door to a guest bedroom.  There is no access from this guest bedroom to the main house where the victim had been.  The man was holding a tool similar to a crowbar in his hands.  When she asked who he was, he ran away and exited her yard on the opposite side of the house through another gate.  She heard a car door slam, and then saw the same gold BMW X-5 driving north on Miranda Avenue.  She noted that the car had a blue paper license plate that may have contained the word "water" on it.  She returned to her residence and called police, providing a vehicle and suspect description.  The suspects did not steal any property from the victim's home.

At about 11:50 a.m., two officers from the Palo Alto Police Department’s Special Enforcement Detail spotted the suspect vehicle in the 2100 block of East Bayshore Road.  They noted that the gold BMW X-5 had a blue paper license plate that contained the word “Waterford.”  The officers stopped the vehicle and detained three men for investigation.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the suspects, all three of whom are 18 years old and residents of East Palo Alto, were responsible not only for this burglary on Miranda Green, but also for two additional burglaries that occurred in Palo Alto on Thursday, October 25.  The first of those cases occurred in the 2000 block of Princeton Street between 11:10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., when the suspects entered the home via an unlocked door and stole jewelry, electronic items, and cash.  The second occurred in the 700 block of Montrose Avenue between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., when the suspects entered the home through an unlocked window and stole jewelry, electronic items, and a safe.  In both cases, witnesses reported seeing a BMW X-5 in the area at the time of the crimes.

The investigation showed that the suspects were in possession of property stolen from the Princeton Street burglary, and also were in possession of burglary tools (a flathead screwdriver).  Police were able to return the stolen property to the appreciative victim.

Police booked Bulmaro Sanchez, Jose Angel Jimenez, and Carlos Bribiesca-Martinez into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.  Police booked each of the suspects for the same offenses:  three counts of residential burglary (a felony), conspiracy (a felony), and possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools (both misdemeanors).  Booking photographs of all three suspects are attached to this news release.  Detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department are continuing to investigate if these suspects are connected to any of the other recent residential burglaries in Palo Alto.

Police encourage you to always close and lock doors and windows whenever you are out, and to lock side yard gates.  If meter readers need to access your utility meter behind a locked gate, you can call Palo Alto Utilities Customer Service at 650-329-2161 to discuss options.  The Palo Alto Police Department’s website has a section on crime prevention tips at  There are pages on home security, recognizing suspicious behavior, being a good witness, and more.  Additionally, we encourage our residents to consider becoming involved in the Block Preparedness Coordinator program administered by the City’s Office of Emergency Services.  For more information about that program, visit  The next free training class, which teaches crime prevention and disaster preparedness, occurs on November 15, 2012.

Residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1 to report suspicious behavior, and allow the police to investigate if that behavior is innocent or criminal.  It is always better to call and let the police do their job, rather than rationalize suspicious behavior and not call.  Anyone having information about the recent residential burglaries, or these three arrested suspects, 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.