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


Subject :

Police Arrest Three for Auto Burglary in Downtown Palo Alto
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police    650-329-2413
Springer booking photoNevidomyy (L) and Nenaydokh (R) booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested three suspects for auto burglary after officers on a plainclothes crime suppression detail were able to connect them to two car break-ins that had just occurred at a downtown parking garage.

On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at about 10:40 p.m., two patrol officers were checking City Lot "R" at 528 High Street, a five-story parking garage that has been recently plagued with auto burglaries.  The officers were in plainclothes and driving an unmarked car as part of the Department's ongoing efforts at crime suppression in the downtown area, a detail that is specifically targeting street robberies and auto burglaries.

The officers noticed a white 2004 Lincoln Navigator backed into a parking stall on the second level with a man standing beside the car.  The man appeared to be startled by the presence of another car driving by, and the officers thought he then tried to make himself look busy.  The officers noted the license plate of the vehicle as they passed by, and also noted that none of the nearby vehicles showed any telltale signs of tampering such as broken glass on the ground.  The officers continued on their patrol of the garage to the upper levels.  Less than ten minutes later, as the officers drove back down, they noticed that the Navigator was gone and that a vehicle parked two spots away from where it had been now had a broken rear passenger window.  They saw shattered glass all over the ground.  The officers immediately broadcasted a description of the Navigator on the police radio and began to search for the car.

A uniformed officer soon spotted the vehicle a few blocks away, and stopped it in the 200 block of Lytton Avenue.  Police detained the three occupants for investigation and found a window punch tool, a briefcase, and a duffle bag inside the vehicle.  The ensuing investigation revealed that two locked cars (a 2012 Ford Escape and a 2006 Subaru Impreza) on the second floor of the parking garage had just been burglarized via window smash.  The briefcase and duffle bag, which contained cash and electronics, were positively identified by the burglary victims as belonging to them.  Police returned all of the stolen property to the victims.  Officers also located heroin and syringes inside the vehicle.

Police arrested 42-year-old Shane Springer, 23-year-old Oleg Nevidomyy, and 21-year-old Julia Nenaydokh, all of San Francisco, for five felonies (two counts of auto burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of narcotics, and conspiracy to commit a crime) and two misdemeanors (possession of a burglary tool and possession of narcotics paraphernalia).  Police booked the three suspects into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.  Booking photos of each suspect are attached to this release.

In the past six months, there have been approximately 45 auto burglaries that have occurred in the City Lot “R” parking garage.  Detectives are looking at those cases to see if these suspects may be responsible for any of them.  At this point, no additional stolen property has been located.

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.