Palo Alto police arrest man in 'window smash' burglaries

Reynaldo Gomez, 48, arrested after using credit card taken from Palo Alto victim's car

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.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 1, 2012 at 11:08 am

One would think that by the age of 48 someone would know right from wrong?

That this guy is 48 makes me wonder if age should be a criterion for increasing a sentence. If youth and immaturity is the basis for leniency, why not look at someone like this and realize that he is or will be a perpetual menace to society?

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2012 at 11:51 am

wow looks like he is experienced, at that age...not sophisticated in his criminality, but 48!!! years of age?!

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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

This is a good opportunity to thank PAPD for a job well done!

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Posted by paly mom
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I'll be more careful in gym parking lots now. My valuables were stolen via a window smash in a church parking lot once.

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Posted by some guy
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Throw the kindle at him!

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Posted by Dennis
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Good idea "some guy" - Mr. Gomez can use that Kindle while serving his time.

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Posted by WheretheSunShines
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Aug 2, 2012 at 8:29 am

Good Job PAPD!!!!!!!!

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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I think his personal motto should at least add 10 more years to any sentence if found guilty.

"No broken pane, no gain"

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