Palo Alto police have arrested a man who allegedly stole purses, bags and small electronic items from cars in Palo Alto and other Bay Area cities.
Reynaldo Gomez, 48, of Los Gatos, was arrested Thursday, July 26, outside a San Jose courthouse where he was scheduled to appear for another matter.
Detectives tied Gomez to the burglaries after he used a stolen credit card at Costco. The credit card, which did not match Gomez's Costco card, had been stolen from a Palo Alto victim.
A search of Gomez's residence in the Los Gatos mountains yielded property linked to auto burglaries in other cities, including Campbell, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and San Ramon, police said.
Police said Gomez targeted gym parking lots, where he would perform "window smash" burglaries. The suspect was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose on multiple counts of burglary and possession of stolen property.