Palo Alto Police officers arrested three men last week after an interrupted residential burglary and connecting them to at least two other recent home break-ins.
Three East Palo residents, Bulmaro Sanchez, Jose Angel Jimenez, and Carlos Bribiesca-Martinez, all 18 years old, were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for three counts of residential burglary, conspiracy, and possession of stolen property and burglary tools.
On Tuesday, Oct. 30, 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.
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 were responsible not only for this burglary on Miranda Green, but also for two additional burglaries that occurred in Palo Alto on Thursday, Oct. 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 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.
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