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


Subject :

Police Arrest Suspect for Stealing Thousands of Pills from Pharmacy
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police    650-329-2413
Jerry Silveira
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested a suspect last week for burglarizing a closed pharmacy and stealing more than 10,000 pills of prescription narcotic drugs.

On Saturday, March 2, 2013, at about 1:13 p.m., officers responded to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation at 795 El Camino Real on a report of a theft of narcotics from the pharmacy.  The initial investigation revealed that an unknown suspect had entered the pharmacy overnight and stolen a large quantity of prescription narcotic drugs (to include oxycodone, methadone, and morphine) from locked cabinets.

Detectives began conducting follow-up investigation into the burglary, and learned that additional prescription narcotic drugs had been stolen from an expired medication locker.  While working with staff at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, detectives were able to identify the suspect as 34-year-old Jerry Silveira of Santa Clara.  At the time of the burglary, Silveira was an employee of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (we are not identifying his job title, in accordance with our standard procedures in such cases).  Detectives obtained a search warrant for Silveira's residence and vehicles.

On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at about 5:41 p.m., detectives conducted a vehicle stop on Silveira as he left the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.  Police located methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and some of the stolen prescription narcotic drugs in his vehicle.  Police placed Silveira under arrest.  Later that evening, detectives served the search warrant at Silveira’s residence and recovered the rest of the prescription narcotic drugs stolen in the burglary, as well as additional methamphetamine.  In all, police believe Silveira stole more than 10,000 pills.  Due to the fluctuation in pricing of prescription narcotic drugs on the black market, police are unable to provide an estimated street value of these pills.

Police booked Silveira at the Santa Clara County Main Jail for several felony charges (commercial burglary, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics for sale, and possession of stolen property) and one misdemeanor charge (possession of drug paraphernalia).  A booking photo of Silveira is attached to this release.

Police believe that Silveira was working alone.  There is no indication that any other suspects were involved in this crime.  No patient information was compromised as a result of the burglary.  The Palo Alto Medical Foundation fully cooperated with the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident 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.