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.