A man was arrested in Palo Alto Wednesday morning, March 7, after police found him in possession of keys to stolen vehicles and drug paraphernalia on Loma Verde Avenue, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.
San Jose resident Mario Ramirez, 25, was located near the corner of Loma Verde and West Bayshore Road after officers responded to a citizen's call about a suspicious person urinating in the area.
Shortly before, at about 5 a.m., police had found a severely damaged Ford truck containing two motorcycles in the 900 block of Loma Verde. All three vehicles had been stolen. They found the truck while attempting to trace an apparent hit-and-run that damaged shrubbery and felled a light pole on the south side of Oregon Expressway west of Greer Road.
Ramirez was found with keys to the truck and one of the motorcycles. During his contact with police, he also attempted to discard a methamphetamine pipe.
Ramirez carried no identification and was identified only with the help of a Mountain View Police Department sergeant who recently completed an assignment on the Regional Auto Theft Task Force.
The suspect had an outstanding $200,000 felony warrant for charges related to narcotics sales and auto theft. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose on charges of felony possession of three stolen vehicles, misdemeanor hit and run, possession of drug paraphernalia, providing false information to a peace office and driving on a suspended license.
He was also booked on the outstanding warrant.