Tool thieves nabbed on East Bayshore Road

About 10 tool boxes recovered, two East Palo Alto men arrested

By stopping to investigate a car parked "as if it had broken down" on the side of East Bayshore Road Saturday night, Palo Alto police apprehended two men suspected of trying to steal tools from a Google-owned construction site, Agent Dan Ryan reported Monday.

"There's been a big trend happening all over town: New-construction supplies go missing. This is just one drop, but we were thrilled we found (them)," Ryan said.

When officers approached the vehicle on the south end of East Bayshore Drive around 9 p.m. Saturday, Ryan said they found one man inside eating and another man emerging from the bushes abutting the Bay.

The man who came out of the bushes, East Palo Alto resident Pedro Torres, 22, told officers he had stopped to urinate.

Officers discovered that the man in the car, Noel Sanchez, 35, also of East Palo Alto, had a warrant for failing to appear as a witness, but they couldn't find any information on Torres, who provided them with numerous names, Ryan said.

While standing beside the car, officers spotted several tool bags in the back and asked the two men what kind of work they did. They said they were janitors, Ryan said.

When asked who owns the tools, they said their friend, but couldn't come up with his name, Ryan said.

One officer then walked over to the bushes, where another five to 10 tool boxes and belts were stashed, Ryan said.

Ryan said officers believe Torres spent several hours breaking into a locked storage box at the construction site, at 3801 and 3803 East Bayshore Road, two existing office buildings that Google is refurbishing. One is slated to become a child care center.

He then met up with Sanchez, who was going to get a split of the deal for transporting the tools, Ryan said.

Ryan said eight to 10 tool kits were discovered, all from the Google project.

Once officers discovered Torres' real name, they found he had outstanding warrants for possession of stolen property and for lying to the police.

Both men were arrested, Ryan said.


Posted by James, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 14, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Good thing these two robbers were not in wheelchairs- they would of gotten away.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Just pointing out, these two were EPA residents.

Posted by Ed, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 14, 2008 at 6:51 pm

James, they are burglars, not robbers....please get your terminology right, it might make your jokes funnier.

Posted by James, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 14, 2008 at 7:49 pm

To Ed,
Does it really matter? The wheelchair robbery made national news. I wonder why?? That last statement was sarcasm Ed- just in case your wondering.

Posted by Mickey, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 14, 2008 at 7:53 pm

James you misspelled "your" you meant you're.
In answer to your question, yes, language and spelling really do matter.

Posted by Simone, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 14, 2008 at 8:50 pm

James, the only thing escaping from anyone are your attempts at humor.

Posted by Kevin, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm

James, I thought it was funny.

Posted by Helpful Cops, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2008 at 2:43 am

To all those who are so quick to critize the PAPD, sometimes they do good work - congrats to the PAPD!!!

Posted by James, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 15, 2008 at 7:04 am

Thanks Kevin- I thought it was funny too!

Posted by Bob, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 15, 2008 at 8:37 am

James. In your (not you're) first comment, what is so funny about making fun of the police dept.? As far as the wheel chair bandit is concerned, citizens did not report the burglary promptly, so the man was long gone before the police arrived. And no one has come forward with a description of the car he apparently made his getaway in.

With crime increasing it is the responsibility of everyone to be alert and aid the understaffed police depts. of our cities. The police do a dangerous job and deserve your help.

Posted by ??, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm

I'm sure everyone is clear on the fact that these tool burglars are from EAST PALO ALTO! No need to point it out again for everybody.

Posted by James, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 15, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Everyone needs to CHILL. I have many PAPD friends who think the wheelchair incident was funny too. Believe me, I support the PAPD and PAFD more than you will ever know.
I don't see anyone "jumping on the band wagon" about the comments of these guys being from EPA. What, PA doesn't have lowlifes too?

Posted by I care-Hillary for Pres., a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 15, 2008 at 4:35 pm

If all whities stop coming to "buy your fix" in EPA the crime will decline.

You pieces of crap can not help but come thru here. Stop the hate fools. It is not one but everyone that is affected.

Posted by Palo Parent, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 15, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Bill, stop posting!

Posted by Ed, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm

Now, that is funny...

Robbery is a person crime.
Burglary is a property crime.

Big difference.

Posted by Tim, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Who cares. Lock them up and throw away the key.

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